What is the appropriate threshold for small charities to register and other important questions (NCVO Members’ Assembly podcast)

NCVO Members Assembly with Martyn Lewis

Panel discussion in full swing. Jane Hobson, Head of Policy at Charity Commission and chair  Martyn Lewis. 
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Last week the NCVO Members’ Assembly representatives gathered to discuss UK charity legislation that is due to be reviewed from the end of this year. The most important outcome of the day, as could be seen during both the Q&A session that followed the panel speakers, and the ‘speed debating’ in the afternoon, was that members understood how important charity law actually is to them and to what they do!

The discussions were very lively and highlighted that there are mixed views on a number of important issues, such as:

  • What is the appropriate threshold for small charities to register? Some see registration as a burden but others consider it as a ‘badge’ that adds value.
  • What is the essential role of the Charity Commission? Should it focus on ensuring compliance or should it provide guidance and advice to charities?

These are only a couple of the points that emerged, but many more questions were asked about trustee liability, the payment of trustees, charities campaigning, public benefit, whether the Commission should charge for services… (Listen to the podcast to find out more)

Elizabeth Chamberlain

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Elizabeth Chamberlain Elizabeth is head of policy and public services at NCVO. She has been part of the policy team since 2008, as the expert on charity law and regulation. Her policy interests also include charity campaigning, the sector’s independence, transparency, and accountability.

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