The Charity Commission this week issued new guidance on trustees’ responsibilities, called The Essential Trustee.
The report by the National Audit Office (NAO) concludes that the Charity Commission:
- is not regulating charities effectively
- does not do enough to identify and tackle abuse of charitable status
- uses its information poorly to assess risk and often relies solely on trustees’ assurances
- makes little use of its powers and fails to take tough action in some of the most serious cases
- does not fully meet its statutory objective to increase public trust and confidence in charities
- is not delivering value for money.