"If you believe the media, charities are constantly breaking the rules. But are the rules the problem?" 

Issues relating to the regulation of charities have been a hot topic in the press in recent years. On 16 November the Russell-Cooke charity and social business team hosted a debate at The RSA to consider challenges charities face and updates in the sector.

The event was covered in the sector press – Third Sector and Civil Society.

During a lively discussion, the expert panel and audience considered issues including:

  • creating a culture of efficiency in the sector
  • the approach of the Information Commissioner’s Office to charity fundraising practices
  • media coverage of charities and its impact on regulation
  • the approach of the Charity Commission and the challenges it faces
  • key issues affecting public perception of the sector (such as executive pay)
  • the involvement of charities in the delivery of state/public services
  • how the performance of charities can be monitored by both regulators and the public

The debate was chaired by Andrew Studd, partner in the charity and social business team. Members of the panel included:

  • Sarah Atkinson - director of policy and communications, Charity Commission
  • Richard Macmillan - head of legal and governance, British Heart Foundation
  • Andy Hillier - editor, Third Sector
  • Andrew O’Brien - head of policy and engagement, Charity Finance Group

For further information on the regulation of charities, contact our charity and social business team.