Name-and-shame threat looms over account reporting

Charities that do not provide adequate information to the public in their annual reports could be named and shamed by the Charity Commission in the future.

Speaking at a debate tackling the secrecy of charities at Charity Fair last week, Luke FitzHerbert, researcher at the Directory of Social Change, argued that charities that do not provide an acceptable amount of information in their annual reports should be publicly exposed by the Commission.

He said: "Charities are scared rigid, there is a culture of minimum disclosure."

Julia Unwin, charity commissioner, said the Commission had not ruled out regulation of annual reports or naming and shaming offenders. She said, however, that existing accounting regulations should not be made more specific.

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