RSM reacts to the ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’ report from the House of Lords

Commenting on the House of Lords ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’ report , Nick Sladden, head of charities at RSM said:

‘The report seeks to highlight key issues facing the charity sector and offer recommendations that will help trustees to navigate forthcoming challenges, such as changes to funding and ongoing governance pressure.

‘The report stresses the significance of governance and leadership and highlights the importance of bringing different skills, expertise and viewpoints to the table to ensure the charity reflects the society it supports. Picking the right board is important, but training and development is critical to a charity’s ongoing success, and the calls for new efforts to provide training and regular ‘skills audits’ will help charities to operate more effectively. In addition, the calls for a statutory duty to allow employees to take time off to perform trustee duties could help to increase diversity at board level.

‘Funding continues to be a key challenge for many charities, in particular those that are reliant on government grants and contracts to provide public services, so the recommendations surrounding a voluntary sector bidding consortia and taking steps to promote the social value rather than surely the lowest cost within the commissioning process will be welcome news to many charities struggling to compete.

‘This is a promising first step, but to implement real change the recommendations need to be turned into a reality, at pace, to ensure charities are well supported to deal with ever-changing fiscal and operational challenges.’