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June 26, 2015

U.K. Charity Watchdog Mulls Charging Groups for Regulation

Britain's Charity Commission might seek to levy a fee on nonprofits to offset some of the cost of policing the sector, a move that would see some donor funds going into regulation, The Independent and The Guardian write.

A survey commissioned by watchdog body found widespread public support for a charge similar to that levied in professional trades like financial services and the law, but charities polled were strongly opposed.

The commission has a staff of 300 to monitor 164,000 organizations. Since 2007-8, its fully taxpayer-funded budget has been cut from $49.8 million to $33.6 million. "We believe that we need to find a way in which we are funded sustainably," said Paula Sussex, the agency's chief executive. Commission Chairman William Shawcross has suggested that only charities with about $160,000 or more in annual revenue be charged the fee, which would have to be approved by Parliament.