NCVO has published a discussion paper as part of its work, announced in autumn 2014, looking at the legal status and governance of the Charity Commission.
The paper sets out the advantages and disadvantages of alternative types of public bodies. NCVO recommends that, with concerns over perceived political bias of the (current and previous) Commission chair, the appointment in future should be subject to greater parliamentary scrutiny. The chair is currently appointed by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, and the process is scrutinised by the Public Administration Select Committee.
Civil Society News reporting, or see an NCVO article ‘The Charity Commission is independent – but how can we ensure it is also perceived to be?’ highlighting some of the background and options with link to the report.