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.