Caron Bradshaw comments on NCVO guidance for trustees on setting renumeration

29th April 2014

Those who dismiss the fact that the public are concerned about charity pay scales do so at their peril. But equally, as a sector we need to guard against perpetuating a focus on arbitrary figures, such as administrative costs, fundraising ratios and chief executive pay, in isolation. Whether such disclosures will of themselves stem the tide of negative stories and support public trust remains to be seen. We risk missing an opportunity to carefully communicate a realistic and holistic narrative about charity finances to the public, in order to engender their trust and support. This means looking more broadly at disclosure of information,  and the transparency and accountability of the sector as a whole. More data won't necessarily equal greater transparency.

We welcome the efforts of the inquiry to rebalance the debate on fair pay in the sector. There appears to be a lot of well thought through findings in the report and we encourage those in charge of their charities’ re-numeration policy to consider the recommendations seriously.

CFG's position in response to the SORP was that full disclosure of names, specific salaries etc. of senior staff should not be a requirement. However CFG’s board will consider carefully the content of the report before deciding our position on further disclosures. We already have our remuneration policy easily accessible from the landing page of our website.

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