A renewed relationship with government

Change of the magnitude that is required cannot be delivered by government alone, nor by business, charities or wider civil society acting in isolation. It can only come from each of these working in partnership with the other.

In this partnership, charities, business and government should be equal, and charities’ independence should be respected.

We call on the next government to:

  • reboot its relationship with charities, based on a mutual commitment to building trust, and recognising the independence and voice of charities regardless of any funding relationship.
  • ensure a ‘right touch’ approach to the regulation of charities and voluntary action. Building on the principles of good regulation, government should ensure that the level of regulation is proportionate and effective.
  • ensure the independence of the Charity Commission by strengthening the parliamentary scrutiny of its chair’s appointment and of its board.