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Government might consider giving Charity Commission more resources, peer says

Lord Wallace of Saltaire, the Cabinet Office spokesman in the Lords, says the matter would be looked at if the regulator made a strong case

Lord Wallace of Saltaire, the Cabinet Office spokesman in the House of Lords, has said the government would look "very carefully" at giving the Charity Commission more resources if a "strong and positive case" could be made.

During a House of Lords grand committee debate on the Charity Commission in Westminster yesterday, several lords, including the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Phillips of Sudbury and the Labour peer Baroness Pitkeathley, suggested that the regulator needed to be given additional resources.

In response, Wallace, a Liberal Democrat, said: "Reading through the various reports and the evidence given, it is quite clear to me that if the new Charity Commission board and chief executive can make a strong and positive case for additional resources, the government will look at it very carefully.

He said that whether "some element of charging for larger charities" was included in any package would be for further debate, "but we recognise that resources are now extremely stretched and that the clear regulation we need requires to be strengthened".

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