All Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Charities and Volunteering (formerly the APPG on Civil Society and Volunteering) provides a forum for discussing the issues affecting the voluntary and community sector. NCVO is delighted to provide the secretariat for this group.

Upcoming meetings

Charity taxation

Date Monday 5 February 2018
Time 16.00–18.00
Location Committee Room 21, Houses of Parliament

The first meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Charities in 2018 will be looking at charity taxation. We will question whether the current tax treatment of charities is fair, whether more could more be done to help charities with the burden of tax compliance and do we need a new approach to ensure public benefit is best maximised for charities who are dealing in an increasingly digitised world.

Sir Nicholas Montagu, chair of the Charity Tax Commission, and former chair of the Inland Revenue, will discuss the work of the commission, what they hope to achieve, and how the voluntary sector can feed in to their work. Sir Nicholas will be joined by John Hemming, chair of the Charity Tax Group and head of tax at the Wellcome Trust.

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How to get involved

We very much welcome attendees from the voluntary sector.

Meetings usually take the form of presentations by speakers and then a Q&A with the floor. However, parliamentarians do have priority in asking questions.

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How the group works

Meetings are attended by a range of parliamentarians and members of the voluntary sector. Recent topics have ranged from the role of charities in campaigning to volunteer internships. The APPG also holds a yearly meeting with the Charity Commission and the minister for civil society.

The APPG on Charities and Volunteering is registered with the House of Commons (pdf, 300KB).

Officers of the APPG

  • Susan Elan Jones MP (Labour Party)
  • Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts (Conservative Party)
  • Baroness Pitkeathley (Labour Party)
Vice chairs
  • Martin Docherty MP (Scottish National Party)
  •  Lord Shinkwin (Conservative Party)

Previous meetings

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