Charities under fire on expenses

NCVO chief Stuart Etherington challenged on sector blog

The voluntary sector has been dragged into its own expenses row after John Tate, IT adviser to the Charity Finance Directors' Group, said it was not immune from unjustified claims.

"I've seen abuse of expenses in a number of charities and not-for-profit organisations," he told Third Sector. "Thankfully, it's a very small percentage, but I know it happens."

Tate, also a visiting lecturer at the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at Cass Business School, used his blog to challenge NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington to reveal his expenses.

Etherington responded by revealing claims of nearly £12,000 in 2008/09 and £10,400 in 2007/8. He said he favoured making the expenses of all NCVO's senior managers public.

Peter Kyle, deputy chief executive of chief executives body Acevo, said he was concerned about the administrative cost of publishing expenses. "We are talking about a considerable burden," he said. "We shouldn't be bounced into a reaction to a situation that strictly isn't relevant to our sector."

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