Government 'seems intent on destroying' the Charity Commission

Jay Kennedy, head of policy at the Directory of Social Change, says the latest cuts to the regulator's budget make a mockery of coalition promises to the sector

Jay Kennedy
Jay Kennedy

The government "seems intent on destroying" the Charity Commission, the Directory of Social Change has said after a further £1m cut to the regulator’s budget.

The regulator announced yesterday that its government funding would fall from £21.4m in 2014/15 to £20.4m the following year – a cut of 6 per cent in real terms. It received £29.3m in 2010/11.

Jay Kennedy, head of policy at the DSC, said that the past three spending reviews had led to a 50 per cent cut in the regulator’s budget in real terms.

He said the cuts "make a mockery of coalition promises" to improve the environment for charities, and that "politicians are unwilling to provide the commission with adequate resources" to meet the expectations of parliament.

"Government seems intent on destroying this institution, which is the single most important statutory agency for the majority of charities in this country," he said.

"The amount being cut is vital for the commission to function effectively but absolutely minuscule in the grand scheme of public spending.

"In fact, politicians waste the same amounts of money over and over on any number of harebrained projects and programmes that achieve little. They urgently need to think again."

Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of the Charity Finance Group, said she was concerned by cuts to the commission.

"A further cut to the Charity Commission’s budget is a worrying sign," she said. "We hope that it will not force the commission to consider alternative funding options such as top-slicing Gift Aid or charging for registration; neither of which fits with our vision for accessible and enforceable regulation of the sector."

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