The Regulatory Effectiveness Of The Charity Commission: Charity Commission
HC 813, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2013-14
- National Audit Office (NAO)
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
The report 'The Regulatory Effectiveness Of The Charity Commission: The Regulatory Effectiveness Of The Charity Commission (HC 813)' identifies that the Charity Commission is not regulating charities effectively, and that there is a gap between what the public expects of the Commission and what it actually does, concluding that the Commission does not do enough to identify and tackle abuse of charitable status.
Between 2007-08 and 2013-14 the Commission's annual budget fell 40% in real terms to £22.7 million, but the number of main registered charities has remained fairly constant at around 160,000. In response to budget cuts the Commission has reviewed how it works and successfully reduced demand for its services, but it has not identified what budget it would need to regulate effectively.
The report criticises the Commission for making little use of its enforcement powers and being slow to act when investigating regulatory concerns. The NAO found cases where periods of several months passed during which the Commission took no action. Furthermore, the Charity Commission does not take tough enough action in some of the most serious regulatory cases.
The Commission is seen as being reactive rather than proactive, making insufficient use of the information it holds to identify risk. The report recommends that the Commission thinks radically about alternative ways of meeting its objectives with constrained resources, and makes greater use of its statutory powers in line with its objective of maintaining confidence in the sector.
In conclusion, the Charity Commission is urged to develop a robust approach to identify and deal with those trustees who deliberately abuse charitable status.
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