The National Association of Councils for Voluntary Service has met with the Charity Commission to raise concerns about the 'naming and shaming' of charities that submit their returns late.
The commission launched its compliance campaign last year with a warning that defaulting charities would be named on its website. It issued a statement to local authorities that charities failing to submit their accounts may not be "worthy of continued support".
"Our members contacted us when it became apparent that local newspapers were accessing the commission's website," said an NACVS spokesman. In some cases, it was found that returns had been filed correctly. "This has caused a lot of upset," said the spokesman. "It's clear from our meeting that this was not intentional, but the damage has been done."
The NACVS is urging charities to follow the complaints process if the site information is incorrect.