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The Charity Commission has a set of rules that are applied with various degrees of stringency such that applications to be registered are decided on principles that tend to violate Article 9, Article 10 and Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. It appears to depend on who your Trustees are and how well connected they might be - where some decisions are not as consistent as they could be, but where their powers of investigation may sometimes be abused or bent to assist other agencies who might have an axe to grind, or worse still may have something to cover up.
We are keeping a watchful eye on specific cases where the explanations given are insufficient in one regard or another to make us suspicious as to the circumstances of refusal. Not that refusal bars an organisation that operates on a not for profit basis to call itself a charity.
Transparency is also an issue, where the database is designed to prevent easy access contrary to SDG16. You can see how difficult the Commission make it for researchers from the screenshot above.
The Charity Commission is established by law as the regulator and registrar for charities in England and Wales. Their stated aim is to provide the best possible regulation of charities in England and Wales in order to increase charities' effectiveness and public confidence and trust. But who watches the Charity Commission?
Chair, Charity Commission
* communicating the commissionís plans and achievements to charities and their users, commission staff, the government and the public
developing the commissionís relationships with government, sector bodies and other major stakeholders
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