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Charity Commission wants umbrella bodies to get involved in regulation

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Mon, 26/09/2011

The Charity Commission will expect all charities to become part of a voluntary sector umbrella body, and has mooted highlighting on the Commission website the memberships that charities hold.

The plans were revealed during the regulator’s annual public meeting in London last Thursday. Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the commission, which faces cuts to its budget of a third over four years, said it would publish a new four-year strategy by the end of the year.

She said the commission wanted to strengthen the umbrella infrastructure bodies. "We will be reducing the amount of effort we put into advising charities on a one-to-one basis," she said. "As we do this, we will seek to build up the strength and profile of umbrella bodies by expecting charities to belong to an umbrella body. We will look to those bodies to provide the one-to-one support where we cannot."

Sam Younger, the Commission's chief executive, added that while the Commission would be unable to give financial support to the umbrella groups, their resource issues would cease to be such a problem if they increased their memberships.

Source: Third Sector News and Civil Society Media.


Update: Umbrella bodies critical about taking Charity Commission advice role

NAVCA has slammed the Charity Commission’s plans to roll back its advice function and expect charities to instead rely on umbrella bodies for advice, while other umbrella charities have also voiced concerns about the move.

Read more on Civil Society's website.