CAF response to the Queen’s Speech

27 May 2015

Responding to the Queen’s Speech, John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said:

“The new government has announced a busy programme for the year ahead. From childcare and housing to the NHS and welfare reform, charities play a big role in many of the issues underpinning the Bills unveiled in today’s Queen’s Speech.

“Voluntary organisations have a unique and valuable insight from providing services, supporting people and advocating for those who have been disadvantaged or marginalised. This expertise must be listened to as the government embarks on its new programme of legislation.

“The trust and confidence of the public is vital to charities, and the Charities Bill announced today has the potential to boost this by enhancing the protection of charities from abuse.

“Government will now need to work with voluntary organisations to ensure that this legislation succeeds without introducing onerous restrictions on the good work our charities do. Measures to tackle extremism will also need careful balancing so that they do not inadvertently hinder charities’ efforts to prevent terrorism and provide humanitarian aid to some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

ENDS

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