Charity Commission

PASC pre-appointment hearing September 2012 - transcript (PDF)

PAC hearing March 2013 - transcript (PDF)

William Shawcross -ACEVO speech

Published July, 2013

Charity Commission suffers tirade of abuse in Commons debate on religion

Nick Hurd was forced to defend the Charity Commission yesterday following a barrage of criticism from MPs in relation to its handling of religious organisations in the registration process.
Civil Society, November 14, 2012

Interview: William Shawcross

The Charity Commission's new chair talks to Stephen Cook about why he took the job, his concerns about the increasing dependence of charities on government and his view of the regulator's role.

William Shawcross declares himself pleased and surprised at being the new chair of the Charity Commission. "As a writer, I’ve spent all my life on the outside looking in," he says. "And I thought it would be nice to do something from the inside and be involved in an important organisation.
Third Sector Online, 5 November 2012

House of Commons oral evidence taken before the Public Administration Committee

Appointment of the Chair of the Charity Commission

Evidence heard in Public
Questions 124 - 193

Christian MPs accuse Charity Commission of having “secularising agenda”

Nick Hurd, the Government minister for civil society, fended off a barrage of criticism this week over the Charity Commission’s decision not to grant charitable status to the Plymouth Brethren.

In a debate in Westminster Hall about the use of the public benefit test for religious charity registrations. Christian MPs lined up to express their anger at the Charity Commission. Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow, called for an inquiry into the Commission’s decision and said it “puts the tax status of hundreds of charities in doubt”.
Secular News Daily, November 16, 2012

Letters - Sunday Times, November 2012


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