CFDG welcomes announcement of Charities Bill

26th November 2003

The Charity Finance Directors' Group today reacted with delight at the announcement of a draft Charities Bill in the Queen's speech. CFDG is a member of the Charities Bill Coalition that has been campaigning for the implementation of Home Office recommendations on charity reform published earlier this year.

The CFDG expressed disappointment however that some sections of the media had used the announcement to focus on perceived negative aspects of the Bill, most notably those relating to the regulation of public fundraising. The CFDG expressed its sadness that the inclusion of a Charities Bill had been used as an excuse to attack charities. Charity finance directors fear that this will lead to a decline in confidence in a sector that performs a significant public good, and plays a major part in bringing about change in society.

Shirley Scott, Chief Executive of CFDG, said: "We are pleased that the Government have recognised the huge importance of charities, and the need for regulatory reform, by placing a draft Bill in the Queen's speech. We are looking forward to seeing the definitions of charitable purposes being set out in a modern statute, instead of being based on case law and analogy going back 400 years."


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