Commission settles on appeals process to review decisions

The Charity Commission has adopted a new system for charities to appeal against its decisions.

A two-level approach will be taken with rulings being reviewed by a regional operations manger and, if necessary, forwarded to a charity commissioner.

Anthony Robbins, head of communications at the Commission, said: "The bulk of the review decisions will be about status, they will be trustees appealing against decisions made on status."

Charities can appeal if, for example, they are wrong according to the law or if the Commission has used its powers improperly.

"It is primarily about use of the Commission's powers,

said Robbins.

"A review may be requested if we decide to freeze a bank account or remove trustees or on issuing a scheme or an order."

Originally a three-pronged process was piloted where decisions would be reviewed by a case worker, then a regional manager and then a commissioner.

However, this proved too complicated.

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