Charity Commission gives evidence for draft of Protection of Charities Bill

The Charity Commission has given evidence to the joint committee considering the draft Protection of Charities Bill.

The bill is intended to create greater regulation within the charity sector, reducing fraud and acts of deception or dishonesty. 

So far, the draft includes powers such as the ability to ban people with a previous conviction for certain criminal offences from being a charity trustee and to disqualify an individual where their conduct means they are unfit to act. 

The commission has long argued that there are underlying weaknesses in its enforcement powers and has said that it is pleased that the draft bill includes many of its proposals, including the proposal that people who have been disqualified as charity trustees should not be able to hold other significant positions of power.

It is part of a general push to give renewed confidence to the charity sector, helping to root out acts of misconduct and ensure that perpetrators stay removed from charities.

Speaking before giving evidence, William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said: “We are pleased that these new powers have been published in the draft legislation and we welcome the committee’s scrutiny. We know that in order to maintain public trust in charities it is essential that the regulator can take action where abuse and mismanagement is identified. The powers will strengthen our ability to do this and to protect charities. We are accountable to Parliament for our actions and we look forward to appearing before the committee.”

The commission said it aimed to discuss its concern about missing proposals with the joint committee, as well as outlining how it intends to use all of the proposed powers.

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