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Lords Charities Committee to quiz devolved nations


The Lords Committee on Charities will next week, Tuesday 8 November, look at the workings of the charitable sector in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Committee is turning its attention to the devolved governments, and asking how well charities, charity policy and regulation, and charity fundraising, work in those areas.

The Lords Select Committee on Charities is assessing the sustainability of the charity sector, exploring the pressures and challenges they face, as well as the roles of governments and public bodies.

In the first session at 4.00pm, the Committee will hear from Frances McCandless, Chief Executive, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and David Robb, Chief Executive, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

In the second session, at 5.00pm, Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, and Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Questions likely to be asked in both sessions include:

  • What are the main challenges facing charities in your area?
  • How are they different to other areas of the UK?
  • What are the advantages of compulsory registration of charities?
  • What role should Parliament and the UK Government have?
  • What impact have UK scandals had in your areas?

The evidence sessions will start at 4.00pm, on Tuesday 8 November in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

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