Proposed amendments to the Charities Act, being considered right now by Government Administration Select Committee, would remove the ability of charities to appeal any decisions of the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs.
This is the latest in a long series of changes that have gradually eroded the balance of power between the community sector and government and undermined the good work charities do on the front lines of our communities. But it’s not too late, we have until this Friday to stop this happening.
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The specific impact of this change is that charities lose their ability to appeal decisions of the Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs, who can decide, for example, to refuse access to the charities register, to amend the register, or that the financial statements of a charity fail to comply with a financial reporting standard.
The Charities Amendment Bill is currently before the Government Administration Select Committee. If we act now, with a massive show of public support for the independence of charities in New Zealand, we may be able to convince the Committee to back down from this change.
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The proposal would remove an important check and balance on the power of the Chief Executive and, in doing so, move further away from a partnership relationship between the community sector and government.
The Government must stop this ongoing process of undermining the charity sector, and the important work charities do to respond to community needs, as they see them, much more efficiently than government, and in innovative and nimble ways. Allowing charities to do that allows them to form an important glue that holds our society together.
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