The Government is under pressure to introduce a charities bill from both outside and inside the voluntary sector after the Institute of Directors and the Local Government Association joined the chorus for reform.
George Cox, director general of the institute and Jeremy Beecham, chairman of the association, have both written to Home Secretary David Blunkett calling for a bill to be introduced in the Queen's Speech in November.
Beecham said: "Updated charities legislation would enable local authorities to develop new forms of relationships with the sector." Cox claimed that charities currently operate in a "legal quagmire".
NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington hailed this cross-sector consensus as further evidence of the need for reform of charity law.