Today the Government has responded to recommendations made by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee (PACAC) in its enquiry into fundraising practices in the charitable sector, 'The 2015 charity fundraising controversy: lessons for trustees, the Charity Commission and regulators'.
The Government has acknowledged many of the committee's findings including calls for stronger governance, recognition of fiduciary responsibilities by trustees and promoting a culture of transparency.
Commenting in response, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of national hospice care charity Hospice UK which submitted written evidence to the enquiry, said:
“It is clear that the fundraising activities of some organisations have damaged the public’s trust in charities and raised important questions about how they are governed and the duty they all have to their supporters and the general public.
“The majority of funding that charitable hospices receive comes from their local communities – without their goodwill and generosity, hospices simply would not be able to offer the high quality end of life care that they are known for. With this in mind, they are acutely aware of their responsibilities to their supporters and the importance of reassuring the public that they can give with confidence. Hospices will be reviewing the Government’s comments on the Committee’s report to ensure they are working to the highest levels of transparency, and can continue to fundraise with confidence and conviction.
“As the national charity for hospice care, championing and supporting the work of more than 200 member organisations, Hospice UK will also be reviewing these comments and running training events for hospices on the new fundraising regulations during the summer, while awaiting further news on the scope and remit of the Fundraising Preference Service.
“We look forward to helping the new fundraising regulator to develop a framework to safeguard and rebuild public confidence in charity fundraising.”
Download the Government response to PACAC's Third Report of Session 2015-16 from the Parliament website (PDF).
Notes to editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK. This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter @ehospicenews.
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