NCVO requests meetings with MPs who have criticised chief executive pay

The umbrella body has written to the Conservative members Charlie Elphicke (pictured) and Priti Patel, both vocal on the issue

Charlie Elphicke
Charlie Elphicke

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has requested meetings with MPs who have criticised charity chief executive pay.

It has written to Charlie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, and Priti Patel, the Conservative MP for Witham, both of whom have recently made highly critical comments about charity chief executive pay, asking for meetings with them.

Chloe Stables, parliamentary and media manager at the NCVO, confirmed it had also arranged a meeting with Christopher Hope, a journalist on The Daily Telegraph newspaper who has written several articles critical of the sector, including negative comments from Patel and Elphicke.

Patel helped to compile the figures on pay levels for chief executives of some major charities for a Telegraph story published in August. Patel was quoted in the story as saying that "charitable funds should be used for charitable purposes and not for any personal gain".

The NCVO last week confirmed the names on the group that will draw up guidelines for trustees on chief executive pay.

Hope’s article about the membership of the group was published on the Telegraph website on Friday with the headline "Charity pay review panel stuffed with bosses who signed off pay deals". It was later taken down.

As part of its inquiry into chief executive pay, the NCVO will also seek to meet ordinary donors who have complained to charities they support about pay levels, said Stables.

"We will be inviting donors who have complained to give evidence orally to our enquiry," she said. "We will also be inviting donors to give their views to execpay@ncvo.org.uk. We want this to be a really open process, so anyone can submit evidence.

"In addition to that, we will be meeting with particular stakeholders who have expressed strong views."

The offices of Elphicke and Patel were unable to comment in time for publication of the story.

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