"That is Geraldine's view, not the commission's," said Antony Robbins, the commission's head of communications. "It is part of a round of comments she is making as she leaves the commission - a call to arms to the sector to continue to be innovative, to take risks and not to become complacent."
At present, charities do not need to reapply to the commission at all once they are registered. Robbins said Peacock was right to point out that some of the 190,000 registered charities are bound to have outlived their purpose.
"But we don't have the authority to require charities to relicense every five years, and we are not pressing for that," he added.
Peacock made the comments in an article about a survey of wealth and philanthropy in the US, where a senator is proposing a five-yearly review of foundations' charitable status.