Emma appointed to new committee on charities

November 13, 2014

Houses of ParliamentEmma has been appointed to a new joint committee of MPs and peers that will hear evidence on the draft Protection of Charities Bill, which is looking at the powers of the Charity Commission.

Last month the Government published the draft legislation, which proposes giving the regulator such powers as the ability to disqualify people it considers unfit from being a charity trustee and to force the closure of charities that are badly managed to the extent that they pose a threat to public trust in the sector.

Other members include the former civil society minister Nick Hurd, and Bernard Jenkin, chair of the Commons Public Administration Select Committee, which last year published a report that said the Charities Act 2006 was “critically flawed” on the issue of public benefit.

The committee is expected to hold some oral evidence sessions before producing a final report of recommendations for government on the draft bill by 28 February.

A full Bill is not expected to have time to make its way through the legislative process before parliament is dissolved at the end of March ahead of the general election in May.

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