Campaign Against Charging Charities

In recent years the Charity Commission has seen its budget slashed from £40m to around £21m – and further cuts could well be on the horizon. As a result, there is a debate about charging charities to plug the gap – which DSC opposes.

A well-resourced Charity Commission is vital for the work of charities, but we believe that diverting charitable resources to fund the regulator is wrong, on many levels.

We came up with nine arguments (at least!) against the ‘charity tax’ which you can find here.

Do you think the idea is as unacceptable as we do? Join our campaign and tell us what you think

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You can start the fight by downloading this letter and sending it straight to the Commission letting them know what you think. Feel free to adapt it as you like.

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DSC trustee Andrew Purkis is a well-known expert on the Charity Commission’s work and the voluntary sector. He has written to the Commission’s new chair Baroness Stowell to explain why charging charities are not the right approach to solve the Commission’s budget issues. Read his open letter.

DSC wrote to the Treasury ahead of the 2017 Autumn Budget to make the case. But they need to hear this message from many other charities. Please join us and write to the Treasury yourself.

You can download our template letter below. Feel free to adapt as you like – give your own examples and reasons!

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