I was not surprised by your report (August 28) on the Charity Commission’s criticism of independent examiners, but its expectations are completely unrealistic. What started as a simple idea of a common sense check, which still works well on very small charities, is wholly unsuitable for more complex charities. Regulations have become increasingly complex and the brigade of volunteer independent examiners has got progressively older. Dad’s Army can cope no longer, and the commission should reduce the threshold for which audits are required and ensure that the quality of those audits is checked.
Chipstead, Surrey, UK
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