Regulator kits out MPs with charity tools

The Charity Commission has devised a guide for MPs and their staff on answering questions from their constituents about local charities.

The guide offers advice on how to treat complaints about charities and whether they can be referred to the regulator.

It includes fact sheets on issues such as collection scams, charities and politics and face-to-face fundraising. The commission is also launching a new search function that will enable MPs to identify charities registered in their constituencies.

"As the regulator of charities, we felt we could do more to help MPs and their staff respond to queries and help their constituents understand more about charities," said Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the Charity Commission.

All MPs in England and Wales have been invited to a launch event for the guide on 8 July, which is being hosted by Alan Meale at the House of Commons. An email will be sent out after the launch with details of where to access the guidance.

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