PASC launched this inquiry on the Regulation of the charitable sector on 19 July 2012.
The Committee is currently conducting a post-legislative scrutiny inquiry into the impact and implementation of the 2006 Charities Act (now consolidated into the Charities Act 2011).
The Charities Act 2006 aimed to reduce bureaucracy, particularly for smaller charities; to modernise the definition of “charitable purposes” and maintain public trust in charities. The Committee’s inquiry is seeking to assess whether the Act has achieved its intended effects, and consider the state of charitable sector regulation.
The Committee has sought evidence on topics including:
- The role and funding of the Charity Commission;
- the income threshold at which charities should have to register with the Charity Commission;
- the rules governing political activity by charities;
- the introduction of the Charity Tribunal and its replacement, the First-Tier Tribunal (Charity); and
- the self-regulation of fundraising.
The Government's response to the Committee's report was publised in September 2013.
Further information including details of evidence taken so far