Charity Commission issues new trustee responsibilities guidance

The Essential Trustee

The Charity Commission this week issued new guidance on trustees’ responsibilities, called The Essential Trustee.

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Close the Charity Commission? Or help charities to help themselves?

Report iconA report that could have far reaching consequences for charities got rather lost last week with the media dominated by news of floods and the death of Nelson Mandela.

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.

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