Commission is urged to act as sector champion

Most of the stakeholders consulted in an independent report on the role of the Charity Commission believe it should develop its leadership role and become a champion of the sector, according to a summary of the report posted on the commission website this week.

It says there is support for the commission holding a high-profile annual event where it would set out its plans, provide a forum for debate and explain policy developments and changes to guidelines or legislation.

"While it is not felt that the commission should advocate on behalf of charities themselves, it is believed that it should promote the idea of charity, its role and importance in public life," says the summary.

The report was ordered by commission chair Geraldine Peacock last year as part of the commission's attempt to overhaul its structure, improve its regulatory activities and reassess its strategy and purpose.

Andrew Hind, chief executive of the commission, said the authors of the report had talked to 15 opinion formers and the results had been woven into the strategy proposals the commission had recently published.

He said the aspects of the strategy that owed most to the report were the recognition that the commission's future success depended on effective regulation and that it should become more of a "knowledge broker", using its experience to spread best practice among charities.

The 18-page summary was based on an earlier 66-page document that Hind said was too long and repetitive to publish in full.

- See Editorial, page 22.

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