Charity Commission will name statutory inquiry charities | Bill in Queen's speech would give regulator more powers | Tougher Commission stance on incomplete charity applications

Plus: Justice secretary proposes bill on volunteers | Refunds for abandoned Sheffield Half Marathon will come from charity money | PRFA working group investigates fundraising in supermarkets

The government unveiled the Protection of Charities Bill in the Queen's speech
The government unveiled the Protection of Charities Bill in the Queen's speech

The Charity Commission will begin naming all the charities into which it opens statutory inquiries unless there are clear reasons not to do so. Michelle Russell, head of investigations and enforcement at the regulator, says the new approach emphasises its commitment to transparency.

In this week's Queen's speech, the government announced draft legislation designed to give the Charity Commission tougher powers to prevent the abuse of charities. The Protection of Charities Bill has been cautiously welcomed by sector leaders, but some have said charities will need additional resources alongside the new powers in order to tackle the issue.

The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on establishing a charity which indicates that it will take a tougher stance on incomplete or faulty applications. Chief executive Sam Younger, who will leave the commission at the end of June, said it does not have the resources to "hand-hold" each applicant.

The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, has proposed a new bill to protect volunteers from liability for negligence. Grayling said the Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill will curb what he called the the "elf and safety culture" which can discourage potential volunteers.

Entry fee refunds for runners who entered the abandoned Sheffield Half Marathon will come from funds earmarked for charities, race organisers have said. The race, which was due to take place on 6 April, was cancelled at the last minute because drinking water for runners was not delivered.

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association will set up a working group to investigate fundraising problems in supermarkets. The regulator fears that supermarkets will stop allowing fundraisers to solicit direct debit sign-ups in their stores because store managers are concerned their jobs might be at risk if they allow them in.

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