Charities Act unlikely to make it onto statute books in 2005, says NCVO

first_img Howard Lake | 2 March 2005 | News The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is not optimistic that the Charities Bill will make it onto the statute books this year.NCVO Chief Executive Stuart Etherington said: “It is disappointing and frustrating that the Charities Bill will almost certainly not make it onto the statute books this year, but this should be seen as delay not defeat. It looks like the voluntary sector will have to wait a bit longer for the much needed reform of its 400 year old law.“Having worked hard on this process for over five years, and more recently with the support of the Coalition for a Charities Act, NCVO will be calling for the re-introduction of the Bill by the next government. We hope that the high levels of cross party support we have already seen for this legislation and the thorough scrutiny it has already been subjected to will allow its rapid progress through the next Parliament.He welcomed the constructive support from Government, Conservative and Liberal Democrat front benches on the Committee Stage of the Bill. However, he felt that “the length of time spent by the House of Lords scrutinising a Bill that has already been subject to extensive consultation and pre-legislative scrutiny, in combination with the impending General Election, has been the Charities Bill’s undoing”.He added that “With fifteen months passing between the publication of the Strategy Unit’s report on charity law reform in 2002 and the announcement of the draft bill in the Queen’s Speech in November 2003, NCVO knew then that time would be tight. This was not helped by delays in the publication of both the draft bill and the Bill itself.”NCVO was putting its faith in its Election Manifesto, launched in February, which calls on parliamentary candidates and the next government to support the introduction of the Charities Bill in the first Queen’s Speech following the election if it fails to make it onto the statute books this year.www.ncvo-vol.org.uk Tagged with: Law / policy NCVO Charities Act unlikely to make it onto statute books in 2005, says NCVO AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more