The ability of the Charity Commission for England and Wales to regulate the charitable sector effectively has been repeatedly called into question in recent years. At the same time, public sector funding cuts have led to its budget being almost halved in real terms since 2007/08. Numerous official reviews and inquiries into its effectiveness have highlighted its weaknesses and raised concerns about it failing to take sufficient action to prevent abuses of charitable status. In response to the Commission’s claims that it lacks sufficient legal powers to deal with such abuse, new legislation has been passed which will fill some of these gaps. A greater concern, however, is how the Commission is to be adequately resourced in the future. This article examines some of the reasons behind the recent intense scrutiny that the Charity Commission has experienced and considers what the future will hold for the regulator.
The Charity Commission for England and Wales: A Fine Example or Another Fine Mess?,
Chi.-Kent L. Rev.
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