Third Sector Podcast: Should trustees be paid?

This week's episode looks at whether charity board members should get a wage

This week, Rebecca and Emily explore a perennial debate in the charity sector - should trustees get remuneration for their work?

With Baroness Stowell due to step down as chair of the Charity Commission at the end of this month, Dan Corry, the chief executive of the think tank NPC, wrote to the Oliver Dowden with some thoughts about what the regulator's next chair should focus on

One of Corry’s suggestions was that it should be easier for charities to pay trustees.

At the moment charities have to get special permission from the commission if they want to give trustees any kind of payment beyond reimbursing them for expenses. 

This episode of the podcast looks at some of the arguments for an against charity payment, and discusses the results of Third Sector's Twitter poll on the subject.

In the coronavirus care package this week, Emily shares the news that scientists have developed spinach capable of sending emails, while Rebecca looks at the comedian Eddie Izzard's fantastic acheivement of raising more than a quarter of a million pounds for charity by running 32 marathons and performing 31 comedy gigs in 31 days. For more information and to donate, visit Izzard's Crowdfunder page here.

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