Charging charities for regulation 'inevitable' | Charity boss calls for chugging ban | Two thirds of MPs think charities 'too political'

Plus: NAO launches Kids Company inquiry | New FRSB chair criticises composition of IoF task groups | Grant-making by foundations rose by 6.4% in past year

William Shawcross
William Shawcross

It is inevitable that the UK's non-profit organisations will be required to make a financial contribution for the Charity Commission in the future, according to William Shawcross, the regulator’s chair. Shawcross told attendees of the commission’s annual public meeting in central London on Wednesday that the issue of financing the regulator would be resolved within the next 12 months.

Stephen Bell, chief executive of the homelessness charity Changing Lives, this week called for street fundraising (so-called "chugging") to be banned because of what he calls its detrimental impact on the reputation of the charity sector as a whole. Speaking to his local newspaper in Newcastle, Bell said only a select few volunteer collectors with local connections should be given licences to collect money on the streets.

Conservative MPs are far more likely than their Labour counterparts to think that charities are too political and should not lobby in parliament, according to new research. A survey of 150 MPs, carried out in May and June on behalf of the charity research consultancy nfpSynergy, asked respondents to say whether they agreed or disagreed with a variety of statements about charities.

The National Audit Office announced that it will carry out an inquiry into the closure of Kids Company. The spending watchdog follows the Charity Commission and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee becomes the latest body to open an inquiry into the charity, which closed on 5 August because of a lack of funding, in recent weeks. 

Andrew Hind, the new chair of the Fundraising Standards Board, has criticised the Institute of Fundraising for involving organisations accused of fundraising malpractice in task groups that are considering whether it should amend its Code of Fundraising Practice. The situation was "completely unacceptable", he said.

Grant-making by foundations rose by 6.4 per cent over the past year to £2.5bn, according to a new report published on Wednesday by the Association of Charitable Foundations. The report says this increase came despite a £50m fall in grant-making in 2014 by the Wellcome Trust, which is by far the largest individual grant-maker.

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