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What Regulation, Who Pays? Public Attitudes to Charity Regulation in England and Wales

Hogg, Eddy (2018) What Regulation, Who Pays? Public Attitudes to Charity Regulation in England and Wales. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 47 (1). pp. 72-88. ISSN 0899-7640. E-ISSN 1552-7395. (doi:10.1177/0899764017728365) (KAR id:62999)


Funding for England and Wales’ Charity Commission has been cut by 48% between 2007 and 2016, impacting on its ability to deliver its core regulatory functions. Conversations around what charity regulation should look like and how it should be funded have therefore gained momentum. These debates, however, are not limited to England and Wales and in this paper we contribute to them by exploring public attitudes to these questions, presenting the findings of four focus groups. We find that while public knowledge of charity regulation is low, people are nonetheless clear that charities should be regulated. There is no clear preferred method of funding a charity regulator and a significant amount of complexity and nuance in public attitudes. People trust charities, but this can be eroded if they do not have confidence in how they operate. A visibly effective regulator supporting and supported by charities is central to maintaining trust.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0899764017728365
Uncontrolled keywords: Charity, Regulation, Trust, Confidence, Donors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV40 Charities
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Eddy Hogg
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2017 08:04 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 15:48 UTC
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