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Commenting on the announcement of Tina Stowell, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, as the government’s preferred candidate for the role of chair of the Charity Commission, Peter Kellner, chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said:

I would like to warmly welcome the announcement of Baroness Stowell as preferred candidate for chair of the Charity Commission.

Commenting, Elizabeth Chamberlain, head of policy at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said:

We are grateful to the Financial Times investigation for uncovering such shameful behaviour. These revelations have left all of us across the sector in a state of shock, and in many cases disgust.

Any reputable charity would be horrified to be associated with an event like this. Sexual abuse at an event that claims fundraising for children's charities as its aim is particularly deplorable.

Commenting on the announcement that the Charity Commission will be consulting on implementing new fees for charities, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

An effective regulator is a crucial part of the foundation for a strong charity sector. I'm pleased that the Treasury has allocated additional funding for the Commission to carry out its important regulatory work.

Voluntary organisations should consider publishing information about the differences in pay between men and women even if they have less than 250 employees, an umbrella body has recommended.

New rules introduced in April 2017 mean that all private and voluntary-sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with 250 or more employees are required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women on an annual basis from 2017.

Although it employs only around 100 staff, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents more than 13,000 charities in England, has voluntarily published its own gender pay gap data in a bid to increase transparency and encourage other charities and social enterprises to do the same.

The commission undertaking a full review of how the tax system works for charities has published its terms of reference, it was announced today.

The Charity Tax Commission will examine the efficiency and effectiveness of the current tax treatment of charities and make recommendations on how to improve the current system to ensure it generates maximum public benefit.

Government must seize a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve funding for education, training and employment support for the most vulnerable groups in society when the UK leaves the EU, a cross-sector working group has said.

The group convened by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) today published proposals for a successor to the European Social Fund (ESF) that it said would help boost productivity and create a fairer and more inclusive society.

People in the UK remain willing to become involved in society but attracting people from more diverse backgrounds remains a challenge, says a new report from NCVO.

The report, Getting Involved: How people make a difference (pdf, 3.4MB), gives an overview of the different ways and activities in which people participate in society, drawing together statistics from a variety of sources.

The independent chair of the cross-sector steering group behind the new Charity Governance Code for England and Wales says she is delighted that it is winning support within such a short space of time.

A former chairman of Inland Revenue will chair a commission on charity taxation, it was announced today. Sir Nicholas Montagu will lead a high-level team of commissioners undertaking a full review of the charity tax system and develop recommendations to government. The Charity Tax Commission has been established by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents charities, social enterprises and community groups.

The death of Sir Bert Massie is a great loss, personally and professionally, says Sir Stuart Etherington, the chief executive of NCVO.

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