Ministers discuss links with Welsh voluntary sector

The Charity Commission and the Welsh Assembly have held a meeting to improve links between government and charities in Wales.

The event, hosted by the Welsh Assembly on 10 June, offered about 20 assembly members the chance to raise issues from their constituencies and discuss the 2006 Charities Act with senior staff from the commission's London and Wales offices.

"In Wales our third sector plays a vital role, with more than 50 per cent of adults involved in some way with charitable activities," said Dr Brian Gibbons, minister for social justice and local government. "The Charity Commission is a great resource on our doorstep and I know the support it provides to potential trustees is very reassuring.

Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the commission, said: "I'm impressed by how close and engaged the relationship is between the Assembly Government and the voluntary sector here in Wales. I'm especially encouraged by the extensive partnership work that goes on."

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