The Charity Commission
HC 792, Forty-second Report of Session 2013-14 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- The House of Commons - Committee of Public Accounts
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'The Charity Commission (HC 792)' is the fifth report which the Public Accounts Committee has undertaken to examine the Charity Commission since 1987, and it finds that the Commission still has no coherent strategy for delivering clearly defined priorities within its broad remit.
The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of some 165,000 registered charities in England and Wales. It is directly funded and accountable to Parliament. Its budget for 2013-14 is £22.7 million.
The report finds that the Commission does not know how much its activities cost and has not focused its resources on its priorities. The Commission are advised to develop a clear strategy detailing how it will deliver its responsibilities as a regulator effectively, and set out how it will use its budget to implement that strategy.
The Commission has not regulated the charity sector effectively and should make better use of the intelligence it already holds on charities to identify risks, improve how it prioritises the use of its resources, and respond more quickly to serious concerns in individual charities.
Leadership has consistently failed to tackle poor performance and ongoing weaknesses in the organisation, which needs to introduce a determined and focused new leadership to radically transform its culture and operations.
The Board also needs to have sufficient grip on the Commission's performance and operations to hold the executive effectively to account.
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