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Lords committee examines the role of charities in civil society


The Lords Select Committee on Charities will scrutinise the role of the charitable sector within civil society in its evidence session next week, Tuesday 11 October.

Witnesses from the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) and The Baring Foundation will give evidence to the Committee.

The Committee has been set up to assess the sustainability of the charity sector, to look at the pressures and challenges they face, and to examine the roles of governments and public bodies.

The Committee will hear from Mr Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA and Mr David Cutler, Director, The Baring Foundation.

Questions which could be asked include:

  • What is the role and purpose of charities within civil society?
  • What is the role of the state in civil society?
  • How can charities, as part of civil society, play a role in supporting social cohesion and dealing with the effects of economic inequality
  • How has the increasing role of the charity sector in public service delivery affected its role in civil society?
  • How should charities as civil society organisations respond to increasing demands for accountability?

The evidence session will start at 4.00pm, on Tuesday 11 October, in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

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