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What is the role of charities and regulators in devolved nations?

8 November 2016

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On Tuesday 8 November, the Select Committee on Charities holds two evidence sessions. The first will focus on the role and functioning of charity regulators under devolved government and the second session will question witnesses on the role and function of charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Tuesday 8 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 4.00pm

  • Frances McCandless, Chief Executive, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland
  • David Robb, Chief Executive, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

At 5.00pm

  • Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
  • Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

Possible discussion

Likely questions to be covered in the first session include:

  • What are the main objectives in overseeing the charity sector in your areas?
  • What are the main challenges facing charities in your areas?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of compulsory charity registration?

Likely questions to be covered in the second session include:

  • How has the role of charities changed in your areas in recent times?
  • How can charities be best supported in adapting to these changes?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of charity policy in your areas?
  • How have UK-wide problems such as the recent charity fundraising scandal affected the sector in Scotland and Northern Ireland, if at all?

Further information

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