Charities have an opportunity to set out their views on a wide range of issues affecting the charity sector to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, which has made a public call to interested individuals and organisations for written evidence. 

In a statement released by the Committee last week, the call for written evidence is expressed to be made against the backdrop of changes to the environment in which the sector is operating and the high profile events which have called into question practice in the voluntary and charitable sector in recent months. The Committee’s aim is to identify and understand the pressures faced across the sector in order to make recommendations to the UK Government and to others to address these issues and to ensure that the charity sector is sustainable.

The Committee has requested written evidence and posed a number of specific questions, among other things, in the following areas:

  • the role and purpose of charities of charities in civic society in England and Wales;
  • the main pressures currently faced by charities and their impact as well as current opportunities;
  • how charities seek to innovate, particularly in the digital arena;
  • the skills required to lead and manage a charity;
  • the role trustees should play in the performance and effectiveness of a charity;
  • charities’ accountability to their beneficiaries, their donors and the general public;
  • the challenges to financial sustainability, and efficient resource and risk management in the sector;
  • the potential of social investment and social impact bonds;
  • the role of national and local Government and the Charity Commission in the charitable sector; and
  • what the charitable sector in England and Wales can learn from other sectors and/or approaches taken in other countries, including from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Written evidence must be submitted by 5 September 2016, so with the holiday season upon us, we would encourage all charities interested in making a submission to think about this as soon as possible. The Committee will then report on its findings by 31 March 2017. Evidence can be submitted online using the online form or in paper form addressed to the Clerk to the Select Committee on Charities.  Further information on the inquiry and the form that written evidence should take can be found on the Parliament UK website.

If you are planning to submit evidence, we would be really grateful if you could share a copy of your submission with us so that we can better understand the issues affecting your charity.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact Laura Soley and Melvyna Mumunie.

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Posted on 26/07/2016 in Legal Updates

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