Charity Commission warns charities to avoid culture wars and party politics

To say that relations have been strained between the charity sector and its regulator in England and Wales, the Charity Commission, is something of an understatement. But the bitterness plumbed new depths at the weekend when the commission chair, Tina Stowell, chose to up the ante by warning charities against “getting drawn into the culture wars”.

Writing in the Mail On Sunday, Lady Stowell argued that while it was clear that charities could campaign on issues of direct concern to them provided they did not stray into party politics, they should avoid picking sides on high-profile issues that were creating new divisions in society – Brexit, free speech, the root causes of inequality and “how best to tell the story of British history”.


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