Charities affected by MPs' expenses row, says survey

Most people want charity chief executives to disclose expenses, according to fast.MAP research

People now expect far greater transparency about charity executives' expenses, according to a survey by online research company fast.MAP.

After the MPs' expenses scandal broke, people were asked whether charity executives should disclose their expenses: 84 per cent of 1,136 respondents said 'yes' and only 4 per cent said 'no'.

"Public opinion changes overnight," said David Cole, managing director of fast.MAP. "If we'd asked a question about charity executives' expenses at the beginning of May, before the MPs' expenses scandal, I doubt if there'd have been such support for disclosure.

"But survey after survey shows that people's trust in previously respected sectors - banking, Parliament and now even charities - has been shaken to its core."

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