Charity Calls For Key Talks

Top-level talks have taken place to look at ways of making the most of the charitable sector throughout Wales. Assembly Social Justice Minister Brian Gibbons has spoken to bosses of the Charity Commission to look at ways of maximising its role.

The Aberavon AM met Dame Suzi Leather, chairwoman of the Charity Commission, chief executive Andy Hind and the rest of the commission’s board.

Dr Gibbons said he believed charities did good work across Wales, and that they had a key role to play.

He said: “There are more than 9,000 registered charities playing a crucial role in modern life in Wales.

“It was very useful to meet the commission, which has an important role to play in ensuring that every single charity operates for the public benefit and maintains its essential independence from government and commercial interests.

Dame Suzi Leather added: “The 9,000 charities in Wales represent every activity a charity can undertake, from grassroots community organisations to overseas aid.

“This has been an incredibly useful opportunity to explain the commission’s role in regulating them to help ensure that they make the most of their limited resources.”