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(Immediate release 16 February 2011)
The Charity Commission has today set out its key regulatory priorities for the next four years as it concludes the first stage of its strategic review and publishes the responses from the public consultation.
Announcing the initial conclusions, Chair of the Charity Commission Dame Suzi Leather said,
“The public and the charity sector have warmly endorsed the critical role we play in protecting and serving the public interest in charity and in holding charities accountable for the privileges of charitable status. They also endorse our general approach and recognise our improved effectiveness.
“However, it is also apparent that we can change and improve. There is strong support for a clearer focus on our core regulatory role, and on doing what only we can do.
“This will mean a rebalancing of the relationship between the sector and the regulator so that umbrella bodies, and charities themselves, take back responsibility for sharing and promoting good practice - building the strength and prominence of sector organisations. It will mean reinforcing the confidence and self-reliance of charities to make their own decisions within the legal boundaries wherever possible. It will mean reducing our interventions in individual charities and, over time, our one to one advice to charities.”
The key priorities agreed by the Commission are:
Providing guidance to trustees to enable them to manage their charity effectively
Ensuring charities are accountable to the public by requiring and publishing information
Giving permissions as required in law
Taking action to deal with serious mismanagement or abuse of charity
Organisational structure and culture
The next stage of the review will involve further work to develop and refine these priorities into a detailed strategy and activities, as well as developing a new organisational structure for the Charity Commission to enable us to deliver the new strategy. This will involve further external and internal consultation over the coming months. Our aim is to begin implementing these changes from May 2011 with a view to having the new strategy and structure fully in place from 1 October 2011.
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