A debate on charity regulation

An audio recording (podcast) of a recent debate at Birkbeck College on the regulation of charities is available online.

Speakers at the event ‘Charities Regulation Under Scrutiny’, hosted by Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, were Sir Stuart Etherington, Lucy de Groot and Dr Rob Macmillan.

The audio file (hosted on Soundcloud, 1 hour 51 minutes) is at the end of an article in response to the event.

The article, after a short intro on Charity Commission history, discusses what has changed to bring charities into the limelight. The author, as a former trustee and board member of an organisation that has avoided registering, concludes:

I think that for some bodies it will become even more evident that charitable status is too restrictive for them.

That does beg the question that any organisation that is eligible to register as a charity is required to do so. To avoid registration, it will surely need to tweak its constitution in some way.