Sector fears more delays over PIU law recommendations

Concerns are growing in the sector that the Government's report on law and regulation of voluntary organisations could be postponed again, this time until the autumn.

The Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU), which is responsible for the report, has stated that it will be published on 23 July.

It was originally due in February and has been put back several times since. Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said: "I am extremely concerned that this report is being sidelined by the Government."

The reform of Scottish charity law has already been severely delayed.

Recommendations were published last summer but they have still not been acted upon.

There has been a push in the voluntary sector for the Government to introduce a public benefit test for charities that could affect the charitable status of public schools. This controversial idea is considered unlikely to be included in the PIU report's recommendations, however.

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