The Chairman of the Charity Commission in England and Wales, William Shawcross, has warned that Islamic extremism is the “most deadly” threat to charities in England and Wales. He has announced the commission are taking action against charities sending money to various groups in Syria.
Mr Shawcross has previously warned that the payment of large salaries to charity staff could bring the charitable world into disrepute. He said organisations must ask if pay levels are really appropriate.
The note of caution from Mr Shawcross was taken with a pinch of salt as he is paid £50,000 per year for two days work a week and many of Britain’s biggest charities continued to hoover up excessive pay and expenses.
TORY POLITICISATION OF THE CHARITY COMMISSION
Mr Shawcross was appointed as Chairman of the Charity Commission 18 months ago. The appointment was criticised by Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who accused him of being a Tory stooge.
Further politicisation of the Charity Commission occurred last year when Tory Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, announced 6 new appointments to the Board of the Charity Commission. One of whom, Orlando Fraser, declared that he had provided assistance to the Conservative party in developing its policy for the voluntary sector in 2008 to 2009. He also chaired Iain Duncan Smith’s Social Justice Commission Report: “Breakthrough Britain”
NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE
The Charity Commission, under Mr Shawcross’ leadership, was savaged in a report by the National Audit Office, and Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee, said it was “not fit for purpose”.
For more information on charity pay read our earlier post on top paying charities