Staff lay blame for lack of innovation at commission's door

Indira Das-Gupta

A fifth of charity employees think that the Charity Commission stifles innovation, according to a survey by nfpSynergy.

Innovation in the Voluntary Sector found that 19 per cent of respondents believe that commission requirements inhibit innovation.

However, charities themselves may be to blame, according to Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy. "Risk-averse charities may blame the Charity Commission for their own lack of innovation," he said. "Trustees may fear that the commission will come down on them, but this is a perception rather than fact."

Rosie Chapman, director of policy and effectiveness at the commission, said: "We do our best to make crystal clear where there is room for manoeuvre and where the parameters of charity law are set in stone."

The survey also found that smaller charities are more likely to describe themselves as innovative: 78 per cent of charities with turnovers of less than £1m, compared with 50 per cent with turnovers of more than £10m.

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