Charity Commission to launch email bulletin for charity trustees

Chief executive Andrew Hind says new service will be a turning point

The Charity Commission is to start sending email bulletins to trustees to keep them up to date with its latest guidance, commission chief executive Andrew Hind has revealed.

The new bulletin would herald a turning point in the way the regulator interacts with charities, said Hind.

He told a charity law conference run by the Directory of Social Change and law firm Bates, Wells & Braithwaite yesterday that the service, which will be launched later this summer, would allow trustees to sign up to receive email alerts whenever the parts of the commission's website they were interested in were updated. Subscribers would also be able to choose how often they received the updates, Hind added.

"This is one of the most important things we have done during my time at the commission and is the single most important contribution we can make to helping small charities," he said. "If we can get the email addresses of the nearly one million trustees in England and Wales, we would be able to create a relationship with each one of them in a way that maximises our ability to help fill the gaps they tell us they have got. We will no longer have trustees of small charities not knowing what is going on at central level."

He said the commission had wanted to launch such a service for several years but had only recently acquired the technology to do so. The bulletins would allow the commission to continue to engage with small charities even as its resources became tighter because of the 5 per cent year-on-year budget cuts imposed on it in the Treasury's most recent spending round, Hind said.

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