Charity regulators from across the British Isles last week attended the inaugural meeting of a new forum that has been set up to promote a consistent approach to third sector regulation.
The group, which is provisionally called the UK Regulators' Forum, met in Belfast last Monday. Representatives from the Charity Commission, the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Northern Ireland's Department for Social Development and the Irish Republic's Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht affairs were all present.
The Charity Commission was represented by Rosie Chapman, its director of policy and effectiveness, and Jane Hobson, its head of policy. The officials plan to meet again in Scotland in March.
The new body fulfils a recommendation set out in the Cabinet Office's 2002 Public Action, Private Benefit review of law and regulation in the voluntary sector. The review said: "A new umbrella committee, on which all UK charity regulators are represented, should be created to ensure a consistent regulatory approach UK-wide and to share information and best practice."