The Role of the Charity Commission and Public Benefit

The Role of the Charity Commission and Public Benefit

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This report into the implementation of the Charities Act 2006 finds the Charity Commission being asked to do too much, with too little. The charitable sector is at the heart of UK society, involving millions of people and Ap9.3 billion received in donations in 2011/2012. Around 25 new applications for charitable status are received by the Charity Commission every working day. Among the reports findings are: one of the keys tests set by the Charities Act 2006 for determining charitable status-the public benefit test-is critically flawed; the Government should revise the statutory objectives for the Charity Commission, to allow the Commission to focus its limited resources on regulating the sector; the proposal to increase the financial threshold for compulsory registration of a charity with the Charity Commission should be rejected; charities should publish their spending on campaigning and political activity. PASC criticises the way the Charity Commission has interpreted public benefit under the Act. The Committee also considered the impact of face-to-face fundraising, or qchuggingq-on the street or on the doorstep-and warns that self-regulation has failed so far to generate the level of public confidence which is essential to maintain the reputation of the charitable sector. The evidence was clear that the regulation of fundraising remains a concern for many members of the public. Two in three people have reported feeling uncomfortable as a result of the fundraising methods used by some charities.In fact, charities are those that have needed to register under the tax system, now under the ACNC system; we estimate that is 60, 000. ... of charity, and some other organisations, have, over the years, been granted deductable gift recipient status a€” Q310 Chair: What constitutes a better charity? ... the Goods and Services Tax: there is some relief, but only for the direct charitable work that has been done.

Title:The Role of the Charity Commission and Public Benefit
Author:Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee, Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons
Publisher:The Stationery Office - 2013-06-01


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