Charities: Pay

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 22nd December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last conducted a review of the remuneration of chief executives and senior managers of registered charities.

Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Charity Commission about levels of remuneration for chief executives and senior managers of registered charities.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Executive pay is a matter for a charity’s trustees to determine, acting in the best interests of their charity. The Government has not undertaken a specific review but notes a 2014 review of executive pay by The National Council for Voluntary Organisations which found that senior executives in charities were on average paid substantially less than for similar roles in the public or private sectors.

The Charity Commission regulates charities in England and Wales and is an independent, non-ministerial department. The Charity Commission has recently consulted on whether charities should report further on executive pay in their annual return, and if this information should be published for the public to view on the Charity Commission’s charity search tool. The Charity Commission is analysing consultation feedback and will set out next steps in due course.

The Government and Charity Commission have regular meetings to discuss the legal and regulatory framework for charities.

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