Paying the piper but not calling the tune

Should charities have to pay the Charity Commission to register and to keep their registration?

Governance Academy logo The Charity Commission has informed us that according to their research 69% of the public think that the Commission should be funded fully or partly by charities. Research amongst charities has come up with the exact opposite! 68% of charities oppose  a charge.

The Directory of Social Change (DSC) has identified several reasons why the Commission should not charge charities:
  1. It's just not practical; "Charging for registration is  a disincentive to civic action". Is the cost of implementation worth the income received?
  2. It's just not fair; especially to smaller charities.
  3. It's just not cricket; charities will have to pay for compliance with the law of the land.
  4. It's just the thin end of the wedge; there will be pressure from government to increase charges year by year.
  5. It's just not what the public thinks it is paying for when making a charitable donation.
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