Seventeen charity chiefs call for new regulator | Dawn Varley resigns from IoF task group | MPs to probe closure of Kids Company

Plus: Charity chief execs blame malpractice on 'over-reliance' on fundraising agencies | Charity Commission will not require campaign spend in annual return | Cabinet Office announces shortlist of 400 organisations for £20m Local Sustainability Fund

The chief executives of 17 of the UK’s largest charities have signed an open letter calling for a new regulator to be set up, which the Institute of Fundraising says would replace the Fundraising Standards Board. Published in The Sunday Times, the letter says Sir Stuart Etherington should recommend an independent body "with teeth" be set up

Dawn Varley, chair of the IoF’s data task group and a member of its standards committee, resigned from both positions on Monday, two days before the task group was due to meet to agree recommendations it would make to the standards committee.

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has confirmed it will conduct an inquiry into the closure of Kids Company and the charity’s relationship with successive UK governments. Members say "serious questions" will be asked about financial management and leadership at the now defunct organisation.

Charity chief executives told MPs the over-reliance of charities on fundraising agencies was to blame for the alleged malpractice cases uncovered by recent Daily Mail investigations. A panel featuring Mark Goldring of Oxfam, Peter Wanless of the NSPCC, Justin Forsyth of Save the Children and David Canavan of the RSPCA appeared before the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Tuesday.

The Charity Commission will not ask charities to include in their annual returns the amount they have spent on campaigning because of concerns about the administrative burden. The proposed measure originally garnered a broadly negative reaction from the sector when included in a consultation last year

The Cabinet Office has revealed the names of almost 400 organisations that have been shortlisted for a share of its £20m Local Sustainability Fund. Managed by the Big Lottery Fund, the fund was opened to applications in June and will make grants of between £20,000 and £100,000 to organisations  providing services to vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

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