Poll finds 90 per cent of charities oppose Charity Commission charges

Figure comes from 800 responses to a survey by the Directory of Social Change

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Ninety per cent of charities are opposed to the Charity Commission charging for services, a survey by the Directory of Social Change indicates.

The survey, which produced 797 responses, was carried out through its Christmas e-newsletter and formed part of the DSC response to the commission’s consultation on its strategic review, which closed last week.

In contrast to several other umbrella bodies responding to the review, including the Institute of Fundraising, the DSC said it was strongly opposed to charging for services, which it said would be "a disincentive to the civic activism charities represent" and would amount to "subsidising public spending cuts with charitable funds".

The DSC agreed with other respondents to the consultation who said the regulator should continue to investigate any case of a breach of charity law, rather than adopt a light-touch approach.

Commission chief executive Sam Younger told a meeting of the Charity Finance Directors’ Group in December that the regulator had considered charging for some services but that it would require a change in the Charities Act and was unlikely during this government.

The commission faces cuts of £8m in its £29.3m budget over the next four years.

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