MPs praise Charity Commission's online register

Five MPs have signed an Early Day Motion praising the Charity Commission’s new online register.

Tom Levitt, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Community and Voluntary Sector, tabled the motion.

The register, launched last month, converts information from charities' annual returns into a series of colour-coded charts. A charity's entry has a green border if it has filed all its documents on time and red if it has not (Third Sector, 1 October, page 3).

The site has received criticism in some quarters for singling out late filers (Third Sector, 8 October, page 5; 23 October, page 18).

But Levitt's EDM recognises the commission's "hard work in promoting transparency and good governance in the charity sector". It says the new register makes information about charities more accessible and will contribute to promoting public trust and confidence in the sector by helping the public to find out more about the charities they support.

A spokeswoman for the commission said: "We are glad MPs are finding the new register useful, and are grateful to Tom Levitt and his co-signatories for their support. We would encourage MPs from all political parties to visit the register and sign the EDM."

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