A Working Holiday

Lord Hodgson

It has not been a quiet August and September for me. I presented the Review that I have undertaken for the governement of the Charities Act 2006 to Parliament on July 16 – the last day before the House of Commons rose for the recess. It has been a nine month task invoving  6 seminars out of London, 15 questionnaires on the Cainet Offfice website and innumerable meetings.

Despite my best efforts at brevity the final review ran to 150 pages and contained 112 recommendations for action.

While pretty well received by the Sector there has beena lot of follow up needed. So my summer has  contained a lot of enquiries to be answered and speeches to be made.

So the Party Conferece season may seem tame by comparison!



5 comments for “A Working Holiday

  1. Lord Blagger
    19/09/2012 at 5:29 pm

    More laws.

    More regulations.

    More control.

    More farce.

    More cost.

    More debt.

    Less democracy

    Less responsility (for us)

    More guilt for you (when its discovered the amount you spent, and hid off the books)

    More poverty – after all the 2,700 a day you cost, comes at the expense of one standard British peasant working for a year, and consuming nothing from the government.

  2. Gareth Howell
    20/09/2012 at 8:48 am

    Worthwhile work! Not a moment too soon!

    Educating the public about the kind of charity
    they are giving their money to, is surely important work, how many employees, wage costs,
    how much money goes to the end purpose designated by the ‘charity’ and so on.

    Does the noble lord have a further link to the facts of his recomendations?

  3. Gareth Howell
    21/09/2012 at 8:43 am


    Of course if the tories really got going they could do similarly with charities as the Thatcher government did with things that were not the possession of the state at all, commandeering a variety of mutally owned trusts allegedly for economic efficiency, but in reality to promote capitalist share enterprises like never before.

  4. Lord Blagger
    21/09/2012 at 12:54 pm

    Look at the percentage of taxation that is disguised charity.

  5. Lord Hodgson
    Lord Hodgson
    25/09/2012 at 5:41 pm

    For those who are interested, the full report is available at: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/content/charities-act-review. It is intended to lead to fewer laws and regulations and an increase in responsibility for those involved – more judgment, less process

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