Charities are 'withering on the vine', says Peacock

Up to 90,000 registered charities are "withering on the vine", according to Geraldine Peacock, former chair of the Charity Commission.

Peacock, who was chair of the commission between July 2004 and January 2006, told the audience at the Third Sector Excellence Awards last night: "You could get rid of 90,000 charities from the register. Less is more. Having that many confuses the public."

She also told Third Sector that the commission needed to make it harder to become a charity. She said charities should be required to prove their distinctiveness when they applied for registration and should be charged a small fee.

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