Alun Michael has stepped down as chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering in order to pursue his candidacy for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for south Wales.
Michael, who has been chair since June 2010 and is the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth, will be replaced by three new co-chairs: Andrew George, the Liberal Democrat MP for St Ives, Susan Elan Jones, the Labour MP for Clwyd South, and Baroness Pitkeathley, the Labour peer.
Mark Spencer, the Conservative MP for Sherwood, the Tory peer Lord Hodgson and the crossbench peer Lord Best were appointed vice-chairs.
Also at the meeting, Baroness Howe, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ charity law advisory group, explained the aims and findings outlined in the group’s report on the reform of the Charities Act, published in May.
The report covered a range of issues, including the advantages and potential problems presented by the creation of a charities ombudsman and the need for clarification of the roles of the sector’s self-regulatory bodies.
The advisory group, which was formed to shadow Hodgson’s review of the Charities Act 2006, examined six key areas in its research, including the law’s impact on trustees, the future role of the Charity Commission and the public benefit requirement.