A House of Commons select committee will conduct an inquiry into charity chief executive pay, it announced today.
The Public Administration Select Committee, which previously conducted an inquiry into the regulation of charity, has asked for written evidence to be submitted by 3 December and will hear oral evidence from charity representatives in a one-off session on 17 December.
Over the summer, the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph newspapers carried articles criticising members of the Disasters Emergency Committee over the pay of their executives. Two members of the PASC were quoted in those articles – Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, and Priti Patel, Conservative MP for Witham.
The PASC has not announced who will give evidence, but Sir Stephen Bubb, head of the chief executives body Acevo, confirmed that he had been invited to speak.
Bubb said he welcomed the debate as a chance to "move on from the tabloid-style treatment of chief executive pay that we’ve had so far".
He said that he was "looking forward to providing a robust explanation of why a professional level of pay is necessary if we want to get good outcomes".
He added that it was also necessary to remember that setting executive salaries was a job for charity trustees, not public bodies. "It wouldn’t be appropriate for the Charity Commission to tell us what a proper salary was, and it wouldn’t be appropriate for the state to set down guidelines either," he said.