Tough stance on defaulting bodies

Charities that fail to provide evidence that they are active within 22 months of their financial year-ends will be taken off the register, under measures that will be adopted this month by the Charity Commission.

The regulator wants to get tough on such charities to help it tidy up the register. "We need to get firmer about the fact that the public needs to be satisfied that charities on the register are active and compliant," said Andrew Hind, chief executive of the commission.

The commission will send regular reminders to defaulting charities. The redesigned charity register, which is expected to be launched next year, will also make it clear which charities have filed their accounts late and which are to be struck off.

The removals will also make space for the excepted and exempted charities that are expected to register later in 2008, which will number between 10,000 and 12,000.

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