Lords’ charity governance investigation is established

The House of Lords has confirmed the establishment of a short-term Select Committee on Charities, which is due to report by 31st March 2017.

Baroness Jill Pitkeathley will chair the ad hoc committee. As reported by Civil Society News, it has been tasked with investigating issues relating to “sustaining the charity sector and the challenges of charity governance”. The committee will issue a call for evidence in the summer. 

An earlier news article said that the committee:

will invite evidence from the sector on examples of best practice; the role of the Charity Commission in promoting trust in the sector; the fiduciary duties of trusties and what lessons the sector can learn from the recent controversies, and how these problems can be avoided in the future.

Initial evidence sessions (June/July) would establish the sorts of questions it should be asking, with more in-depth evidence gathering in the autumn.

VoluntaryNews previous reporting on developments gives a link through to an NCVO article ‘Lords ad hoc committees – everything charities and campaigners need to know’.

The official Lords Charities Committee pages are here and here’s the full committee list and their web links.