NCVO: 'Give MPs a say on commission chair'

National Council for Voluntary Organisations
National Council for Voluntary Organisations

The government should consider giving control over the appointment of the chair of the Charity Commission to parliament, making the chair's term non-renewable and fixed, or making changes to the pre-appointment hearing process, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has recommended in a discussion paper arising from its review of the commission's governance.

The paper considers possible alternative legal structures for the commission, which is a non-ministerial department, but rejects them all. It sets out six proposals specifically aimed at the process of appointing the regulator's chair, currently a ministerial appointment by the Cabinet Office. These include giving the Commons formal control of the appointment and making the chair a non-renewable, fixed five-year term.

Other suggestions include requiring the MPs on the Public Administration Select Committee to come to a unanimous decision about that candidate before the appointment is approved, or handing this pre-appointment hearing duty to a new cross-parliamentary committee chaired by a crossbench peer.

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