Acevo to consult on information disclosure code for charities that run public services

Chief executive Sir Stephen Bubb says in a blog that he wants his organisation to 'exemplify good practice and openness'

Sir Stephen Bubb
Sir Stephen Bubb

The charity chief executives body Acevo is to draw up a code of practice on information disclosure for charities that run public service delivery contracts.

Sir Stephen Bubb, the organisation’s chief executive, said in a blog post published this week that his organisation would be consulting members on a "code of practice on information disclosure in public contracts".

"We aim to exemplify good practice and openness," he said.

The blog, which opposed the idea of expanding the Freedom of Information Act to cover charities that run public services, says the new code would "say no to the prying intrusion of the journalism that seeks to denigrate, not inform".

In response to a letter from Bubb in March, the Ministry of Justice said it had no intention of expanding the act in such a way.

Margaret Hodge MP, Labour chair of the Public Accounts Committee, told the Charity Finance Group conference last week that charities that run public services should operate "open-book" accounting to achieve greater transparency.

An Acevo spokesman said it was too early to confirm precise details of the consultation, but it would consider issues raised in the Labour Party consultation on the future of the sector, announced by Lisa Nandy, the shadow minister for civil society, earlier this month.

Speaking at Acevo’s Gathering of Social Leaders on 8 May, Nandy said the consultation would be launched the following week (by 16 June), but it is not due to open until next week, having been delayed by yesterday’s European parliament and local elections.

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