Delegates split over fee-charging commission

Delegates at the Directory of Social Change's Charity Law Conference last week were evenly split on whether the Charity Commission should be allowed to charge fees.

The regulator has expressed concern about its ability to carry out the new tasks imposed on it by the new Charities Act unless it can increase its revenue.

But only 51 per cent of the 150 conference delegates approved of charging for services - even though a majority said in a different vote that they thought the commission would have to spend £6m on registering a possible 30,000 charitable incorporated organisations.

Two-thirds of delegates thought paying trustees for delivering services would lead to a 'trustocracy' of trustees who would make a living this way.

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