Research done for the Charity Finance Group has found strong support for a well-resourced, independent charity regulator, but could not identify a consensus as to who should pay for this regulation.
Carried out by the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, the research findings are based on four focus groups with a representative sample of regular and non-regular donors (including non-donors). A significant number felt that the Charity Commission should be funded wholly through taxation and a very few felt that charities should be the sole funders.
The report ‘What regulation, who pays? Public Opinion and Charity Regulation’ (pdf, 284KB) is available via the CFG press release.
Also see Civil Society News coverage, and also their quite detailed examination of the issue ‘What is the least worst option for funding the Charity Commission?‘.