The Charity Commission - Public Accounts Committee Contents


Summary



This is the fifth time that we, or our predecessors, have examined the Charity Commission (the Commission) since 1987. Charities play a vital role in promoting the health, well-being and resilience of our society, and the Commission is responsible for ensuring public trust and confidence in the sector. We are therefore dismayed to report yet again that the Commission continues to perform poorly and is still failing to regulate charities effectively. The Commission is a reactive rather than proactive regulator, and has yet to use its powers properly in registering, monitoring, or intervening in charities. It has not always been clear whether the Commission sees its primary purpose as supporting the voluntary sector or protecting the public interest. The Commission is seeking to change its culture and approach, but we are not convinced it has the leadership capability to tackle its significant failings and transform its culture.


 
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