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Charity trustees face ‘undue burden’ due to volume and tone of guidance, say lawyers

By July 1, 2020National News

From Civil Society

There is an “undue burden” placed on trustees by the volume and tone of Charity Commission guidance, according to members of the Charity Law Association (CLA).

The CLA is a professional body for lawyers and advisers to the charity sector, and has submitted written evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee’s inquiry on the Charity Commission, which was published earlier this month. It says: “We are concerned that the volume and tone of the material that trustees are currently expected to read, know and apply places an undue burden on volunteer trustees and may discourage individuals from becoming or continuing as trustees.”  The submission says that it reflects views expressed by individual members of its executive committee, rather than the executive committee or the CLA as whole.

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