Government funding for projects 'should go to the Charity Commission instead'

Jay Kennedy of the Directory of Social Change tells the Charity Finance Group Northern Conference that improving regulation is a priority for the sector

Jay Kennedy
Jay Kennedy

The Cabinet Office should cut funding to some projects and give the money to the Charity Commission to improve regulation, an audience of charity finance professionals heard yesterday.

Jay Kennedy, head of policy at the Directory of Social Change, told the Charity Finance Group Northern Conference that "the Charity Commission is the most important element" of government support for the sector, but it was "being decimated" by cuts.

"There are tons of government funding projects we could do without and we should put that money into funding the commission instead," he said. "There are lots of little funding pots that exist to meet a political agenda or tick a box."

Kennedy singled out projects to build a social investment infrastructure, which he said "will either happen or it won’t" without government support, as something to cut.

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