Official warning power for regulator could have 'unintended consequences', says lawyer Jo Coleman

Jo Coleman
Jo Coleman

The proposal to give the Charity Commission the power to issue official warnings to charities could have "serious and unintended consequences", Jo Coleman, a partner at IBB Solicitors, has warned. Coleman chaired the Charity Law Association working party on the Charities Protection and Social Investment Bill, which will enable the commission to issue official warnings to charities for minor offences rather than opening full statutory inquiries. Coleman said: "What's more difficult is if the warnings become a weapon of choice for the commission when dealing with more complex issues, such as when considering charities' use of political campaigning or supporting unpopular causes."

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