Sweet Charity?

16th October 2009 at 01:00

Your headline "Finally: Charity Commission chair meets schools heads" (October 9) gives the incorrect impression that the chair, or indeed the commission, has not met or engaged with schools heads until now. For more than three years the chair and other commission staff have regularly met with schools, spoken to schools, given speeches and invited schools to respond to the comprehensive public consultation process we have run on the public benefit guidance.

Nor has the chair or any other commission member of staff "threatened to remove charitable status" from any school. We have made it very clear that we will work with any charity, including schools, that is having difficulty meeting the public benefit requirement, and that they could, if necessary, have up to five years to make any changes. Hardly "threatening" language.

Andrew Hind, Chief executive, Charity Commission.

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