Charities opposed to the idea of being charged for regulation

By Ken Maggs, Moore Thompson

Charging charities for regulation would not be acceptable, according to a new survey.

The local infrastructure umbrella body Navca surveyed 610 good causes on the topic after the Charity Commission announced a consultation on charging an annual fee for its work.

Navca’s survey found that only nine per cent would be in favour of the move, while three-quarters of those asked, objected.

The question of a proposed fee was one of those asked in Navca’s second voluntary sector annual survey, which asks questions on a range of sector issues.

A total of 77 per cent said they would not be happy about paying a fee to help the commission cover the costs of cuts to its budget – about £8m since 2010.

Neil Cleeveley, chief executive of Navca, said: “The Charity Commission should take note that the introduction of an annual charge is roundly rejected.

“It should work with us to make the case for better public funding of its duty to ensure public confidence in charities.”

Earlier in the year Navca called the proposals a “charity tax” and said they were disappointed the regulator was pushing the idea.

Proposals put forward by the Charity Commission include a fixed fee of £265 for all charities with annual incomes of more than £10,000, or a sliding scale that could mean the largest charities paying £1,500 a year. The regulator estimated this would raise about £23m a year.