Call for evidence follows debate on charity regulation

The House of Commons committee examining the charity legislation currently going through Parliament is expected to meet for the first time on 15th December. It has put out a call for evidence from those with “relevant expertise and experience or a special interest” in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill. Written evidence needs to be in by the end of the Committee stage, with an expected deadline of 5pm, 7th January.

See this Parliament news item for more on how to contribute, and for links to the legislation and the second reading debate (before the House of Commons) on 3rd December.

Commons debate hears from minister and shadow

Civil Society News reports that the minister for civil society suggested that small charities could be exempted from the Fundraising Preference Service, during the second reading debate on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill.

Rob Wilson said:

“We are keen to minimise the burden of regulation on small charities. For example, the new reporting requirement on fundraising in clause 14 will apply only to charities with incomes over £1 million, and the new fundraising self-regulator will need to consider exemptions for small charities from the Fundraising Preference Service.”

Labour’s shadow civil society minister Anna Turley expressed her concerns that provisions in the legislation risk threatening the independence of charities. While supporting a “strong, well supported regulator”, some provisions of the bill were too broad.

See Civil Society News further reporting of the debate.

Further reading

See earlier VoluntaryNews items on the legislation, explaining what it covers – start with ‘Concerns over new charity regulator powers and disqualification’.

On fundraising regulation, see the notes from the summit on 4th December.