Sir Stephen Bubb welcomes new Charity Commission funding and powers

But CEO Sir Stephen Bubb warns Commission not to ‘lose focus’.

Commenting on the announcement of new funding for the Charity Commission and the Draft Protection of Charities Bill, Sir Stephen Bubb, Chief Executive of ACEVO said:

“We welcome extra funding for the Charity Commission and the strengthening of its enforcement powers. ACEVO called for both and in a lean time for charities this shows that the Treasury can be made to listen.

“Charities deserve a properly equipped regulator, but packaging these measures as counter-terrorism is counter-productive. The Charity Commission exists first to monitor and support the day to day work of charities helping some of the most vulnerable people in our country. They should not use this funding and these new powers as an excuse to lose focus.

“We will study the draft Bill very carefully. From within the charity sector there remain doubts over the Commission’s ability to deliver. The quality of their services is under scrutiny. It’s time for them to step up.”


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ACEVO previously supported extending the Charity Commission’s regulatory powers, and called for more funding to help the Commission achieve their aims. 

Further information is available in our submission to the consultation on this topic from February 2014:

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