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Sir Stuart: Commission must not fetter someone setting up a charity

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, has said it is not the role of the regulator to fetter those who wish to set up charities.

Etherington’s comments follow Charity Commission guidance which encourages people to “think carefully” before setting up a charity and ICAEW calls for a change in the law to allow the Charity Commission to refuse a charity registration when a similar charity already exists.

The comments appear in a letter to NCVO members, sent out this week, which replaces his usual state of the sector address at NCVO’s annual conference, Evolve.

He begins his letter warning charities that time is “rapidly running out” for organisations wanting to influence political parties’ manifestos for 2015.


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