Shawcross says he opposes restrictions on setting up a charity

Charity Commission chair William Shawcross has said he is against more restrictions on people setting up new charities – distancing the Commission from proposals outlined by former chief executive Sam Younger in his final speech.

“I resist the idea that we should stop people setting up charities,” Shawcross was quoted as saying in a feature in The Independent newspaper today. “The voluntary impulse is something important which should be cherished.”

The article is written by Paul Vallely, a leading writer about charity and ethics who worked closely with Bob Geldof on Live Aid, who also supports this view. Vallely suggests that setting up a charity allows people to engage with an issue in a way that donating does not, and advocates that “there is more to charity than economic efficiency”.

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