Lords committee issues call for evidence on charity sector

The select committee is considering the sustainability of the sector and the challenges of governance

House of Lords
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The House of Lords select committee that is carrying out an inquiry into the charity sector has published a call for evidence.

The committee, which is considering the sustainability of the charity sector and the challenges of charity governance, said it wanted to hear from people and organisations that could guide its deliberations in evidence sessions later this year and feed into its final conclusions.

In its call for evidence, published on Wednesday, the committee, which is chaired by the Labour peer Baroness Pitkeathley, said it wanted to understand the pressures faced by charities. It said it would make recommendations to government and others designed to ease those pressures, "to make sure that the charitable sector in England and Wales is sustainable for many years to come".

The consultation asks for views on areas including how can charities ensure they are properly accountable to their beneficiaries, donors and the public, the challenges they are facing around financial sustainability and risk management, and what role the government should play in relation to the sector.

It also asks for evidence on the role trustees should play in the performance and effectiveness of charities, on the skills that are needed to lead a charity and about the potential of social investment and social impact bonds.

Public hearings will take place until early December, with the committee’s final report, which is due to be completed by the end of March, to be debated in the House of Lords and presented to government for response.

The deadline for consultation responses, which should be submitted here, is 5 September.

For more information on the call for evidence, click here.

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