Views sought on effect of red tape

The Charity Commission and the Better Regulation Executive have joined forces to assess how regulation is affecting the work of voluntary organisations.

The executive, which is part of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, works to promote and develop good regulation in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

It has posted a notice on the commission's website inviting charities to comment about which regulations have helped or hindered their work.

"We approached the commission and it offered to put something on its website to spread the word," said Lucy Stowe, policy manager for the cross-cutting reform team at the executive.

Stowe said that she would like to visit charities and that she was willing to travel to meet organisations interested in contributing to the debate.

Charities are also being encouraged to post their comments and suggestions for better regulation on the Better Regulation Executive website.

"We are really starting to make inroads in some areas and we want to start a dialogue with the third sector," Stowe said.

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The Charity Commission has been shortlisted for two awards: Best Customer Focus in Sector: Public Sector for the Customer Contact Association Excellence Awards and Operational Delivery for the Whitehall and Westminster World Civil Service Awards.

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