Cabinet Office written question – answered on 18th June 2012.

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Photo of Gordon Banks Gordon Banks Labour, Ochil and South Perthshire

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what arrangements are in place to ensure charitable resources are used transparently in establishing new IT processes in charities.

Photo of Nick Hurd Nick Hurd The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Under charity law, which is a devolved matter, charities are independent and trustees have a legal duty to act in the best interests of the charity and its beneficiaries. Provided they act under their legal duty, trustees are free to make decisions relating to their charity if made properly and within the law, although the regulators encourage them to be as transparent as possible in the way they run their affairs.

The accounts and annual reports of all registered charities in England and Wales with an annual income of over £25,000 are published on the Charity Commission's website.

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