TS debates: Should charities contribute to the Charity Commission's funding?

The Charity Commission is potentially looking to charge charities with incomes of more than £20,000 a year an annual fee to cover its running costs.

The commission’s budget of £21.2m has roughly halved in real terms since 2008 and has been frozen until 2020, a move which the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has said could amount to a cut of as much as 8.5 per cent in real terms.

In a recent interview, the commission’s chair William Shawcross suggested charities could be asked to pay between £60 and £3,000 a year, depending on the charity’s size.

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