23 March 2018
Lord Hodgson’s report, published in July 2012, made more than 100 recommendations, and the Cabinet Office’s response shows that the government intends to accept the vast majority.
The government broadly accepts most of the review’s recommendations in the areas of public benefit, the role of the Charity Commission, transparency and proposals on deregulation.
The government has however rejected the recommendation to allow large charities to remunerate their trustees without approval from the Charity Commission.
The government agrees with Lord Hodgson about the overall role of the Charity Commission and that it should not change its name. It will remain as an independent non-Ministerial department and no changes will be made to its objectives and duties. The government also agrees that the Commission should focus on its core responsibilities for regulation.
There will be further exploration of the possibility of the Charity Commission charging fees but the government response states that it will not propose this lightly.
The Public Administration Select Committee launched its own inquiry into the Charities Act in July and will produce its own report on the operation of the Act.
Chris Priestley – a partner in Withers’ Charities & Philanthropy team – chaired the Charity Law Association’s working party which prepared a detailed response to the consultation.