Citizens Advice

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills), Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Citizens' Advice is now classified by the Office for National Statistics as a public body; and whether its Chief Executive is an Accounting Officer.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Office for National Statistics has recently confirmed that Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland are classified as “Non-profit Institutions Serving Households” (NPISH). The charitable status of Citizens Advice and Citizens Advice Scotland remains unchanged.

In November 2013, having reviewed the framework under which the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) manages its relationship with both organisations, BIS’s Principal Accounting Officer wrote to both Chief Executives revoking their Accounting Officers designations as these were anomalous with funding through an annual grant agreement arrangement.

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