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The Public Accounts Committee has “little confidence” in the Charity Commission’s leadership capabilities

The Public Accounts Committee has “little confidence” in the Charity Commission’s leadership capabilities

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which scrutinises public spending, released a report last month on the Charity Commission which expressed dismay that Charity Commission is still not regulating charities effectively, and recommended a “radical rethink”. This report echoes similar criticism from the National Audit Office last year, which said the Charity Commission was “too passive” and not adequately meeting its statutory objectives.

The PAC criticised the Commission for being a “reactive” rather than a “proactive” regulator and for not using its powers properly in registering, monitoring or intervening in charities and for continuing “to perform poorly” and “failing to regulate charities effectively”, despite five interventions by the PAC since 1987. The PAC was “not convinced that it (the Commission) has the leadership capability to tackle its significant failings and transform its culture.”

The PAC made a number of recommendations and has said it will review the Commission’s progress against these recommendations in a year’s time.

IBB Solicitors’ specialist charities@ibblaw.co.uk