There has been a deal of debate about the funding of charities and the extent to which too many are too dependent and too close to the state. And William Shawcross, the new Charity Commission Chairman has picked this up:
Some charities risk becoming too dependent on the state, the new chair of the Charity Commission has warned, saying there needs to be debate on whether the charity register should make clear how an organisation is funded.
And Shawcross pointed us at how the public perceives charity:
He suggested that some charities risk becoming too dependent on the state, adding that most members of the public would say a charity was an organisation funded by private donations not public funds.
A reminder that the legal definition of charity - the purposes of the organisation - is very different from the public perception.
A big - and welcome - contrast with the previous Chair, I feel.