Lords committee to investigate charity sector governance

The House of Lords committee which considers ideas for ad hoc investigative committees recently came up with a proposal for one that would cover “Sustaining the charity sector and the associated challenges of governance”.

This was one of four proposals put forward to run for the 2016-17 session of Parliament – Lords Liaison Committee recommendation information (14th March). The set of proposals was debated on 22nd March *,  and agreed.

Civil Society News reporting includes the following suggestions on what could be included in the ad hoc committee’s remit:

  • What examples are there of best practice in the sector in terms of transparency and accountability and how might these be expanded across the sector?
  • What should be the role of the Charity Commission in promoting trust in the sector? Has its regulatory role detracted from the more supportive elements of its work with charities?
  • Fiduciary duties of trustees;
  • What has been the impact of recent legislation such as the implementation of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the recent controversies, and how might such problems be avoided in the future?
  • What lessons can be learnt from the experiences of the devolved administrations?
  • How can charities address the decline in public trust?

Make up and full details of the committee’s scope will be established once the new session starts, on 18th May.

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