Lords charities committee seeks input from sector

Following the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities holding its first evidence sessions early in July, a Call for Evidence has been issued to the sector.

The committee, set up to consider issues related to sustaining the charity sector, and the challenges of charity governance, invites interested individuals and organisations to submit written evidence to the inquiry by 5th September – see the committee’s announcement here.

Twitter session about the Call

Staff from the Select Committee will take part in a live Twitter question and answer session about the Call for Evidence and how to respond to it. You can tweet questions on the day or in advance using the hashtag #HLCharities – selected questions will  be answered on the House of Lords Twitter channel between 2 and 3pm on Wednesday 27th July.

Now that this has taken place, here is a selection of tweets:

Sessions so far

On 5th July, the Committee heard from representatives from the Charity Commission. This was followed by a session with charity umbrella bodies. Civil Society News reports that this saw charity representatives accusing the Charity Commission of “regulation led by red top”, with the government trying to silence the sector.

Also from Civil Society News, the chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has written to the Leader of the House criticising Rob Wilson, minister for civil society, for giving “the impression of obstructing reasonable scrutiny”.

Further notes

Check previous VoluntaryNews coverage of the establishment of the short term committee.