Monitor disability, watchdog urged

Disability charity Leonard Cheshire has criticised the Charity Commission for not saying how many of its new trustees are disabled.

When it named its four new board members last week, the commission told Third Sector the information was unavailable (<a href="http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/Channels/Governance/Article/666591/New-board-members-Charity-Commission/">Third Sector Online</a>, 26 June).

"This is disappointing," said Guy Parckar, public policy manager at Leonard Cheshire. "Public bodies have a responsibility to ensure disabled people are fully engaged with their work. Monitoring the make-up of the commission's board seems an obvious small step in this direction."

A spokeswoman for the commission said gaining such information would involve asking trustees directly. She was able to confirm, however, that of the 239 applicants, 10 declared a disability. One disabled candidate was shortlisted.

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