CFG asks Treasury to make interim funding boost for regulator permanent

The umbrella body says says the extra £5m, which was given to the Charity Commission on a temporary basis earlier this year, would help meet long-term challenges facing the sector, such as safeguarding

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The Charity Finance Group has asked the Treasury to use next week's Spring Statement to make the Charity Commission's interim £5m funding increase permanent.

The Charity Commission received £5m in interim funding earlier this year, before an expected consultation on charging charities a levy to fund the regulator’s engagement work and raise a further £7.5m.

In a letter sent today to Liz Truss, chief secretary to the Treasury, the CFG says that making the £5m funding permanent would give the commission "certainty when planning to meet long-term challenges facing the charity sector, such as safeguarding".

The letter, which is from Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of the CFG, says that before any consultation on a charity levy starts work should be carried out to determine what resources are needed for the commission’s core regulatory functions.

This includes safeguarding, which the letter says is the cause of approximately 1,000 incident reports to the commission every year and which the letter says is difficult for the commission to handle within its current funding levels.

"Given the focus on safeguarding in recent weeks, it is important that a consultation on charging is not rushed out, while there is still a lack of clarity about the future demands that will be placed on the Charity Commission," the letter says.

"The Charity Commission’s work underpins billions of pounds of donations and the activities of millions of volunteers.

"This work is too precious to risk and so we would urge the government to be cautious in how it proceeds and ensure that it is fully resourcing the commission to undertake its core regulatory functions."

The Spring Statement will take place on Tuesday and is expected to be significantly less eventful than previous autumn statements and Budgets have been.

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