Our Charity Commission is not effective, competent or transparent - it needs to CHANGE
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This Petition is for a review of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities, appears not to know what it should be doing or how it should be doing it.
This body, funded by the public:
- lacks accountability, leadership and internal reflection
- too often fails to act soon enough - or at all
- places far too much emphasis on its own public image
- has a strong tendency to blame all its failings on a lack of funding
- appears to lack a clear strategy for carrying out its role as regulator
- is influenced far too much by media stories and untested allegations
- overall, it is INeffective, INcompetent and NOT transparent
Worryingly, the Charity Commission also fails to operate in line with:
1. its own operational guidelines [OGs] which are publicised online
2. the information it provides about itself to the public, the media and MPs
3. the code of conduct set out by the government which applies to civil servants
One charity's story gives testament to this and there are others.
African children in their thousands will keep walking vast distances to school.
This is due solely to the Commission's incompetence and mismanagement.
The above website is a whistle-blowing window, for the benefit of the public.
Whilst the story of this charity provides significant evidence supporting this petition, there are also other significant sources.
This Petition is a call for a root and branch review of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, headed by CEO Helen Stephenson, to:
1. review how it is funded, what should be funded - and how
2. assess its shortcomings and bring about the change that is needed
3. transform the Charity Commission into a regulator that the public deserves
We also ask for the review to include the following questions:
1. Should the regulator be re-focused to concentrate solely on regulation?
2. Should the regulator terminate its function of providing advice to charities?
3. Should there be a champion for the sector which supports charities?
The charity sector in the UK is highly valuable to our society.
Charities fill in some of the gaps left by government policy.
Additionally, the sector is driven by highly motivated and passionate individuals.
The need to support those individuals and their charities is self-evident.
A champion for the sector could meet the need perfectly.
But for now...
The regulator of charities, tasked and trusted to ensure legal and ethical compliance, needs to operate and conduct itself transparently, legally and ethically.
If you would like to comment about your own experiences when you sign our petition, that would be really helpful - please do so!
Below are links to opinion that support our petition for change:
[please note, this list is a work in progress.
Feel free to suggest other opinions to include]
Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Chair of the Committee of Public Accounts:
"...We have little confidence in the Commission’s ability to put right its problems and failings."
"...as long ago as 2013 the National Audit Office found that the Charity Commission: was reactive rather than proactive...
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