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Charity Commission chairman issues warning over pay

Charity trustees should consider whether high salaries paid to executives are "really appropriate" and "fair" to both the donors and taxpayers who fund the organisations.

William Shawcross, who chairs the Charity Commission, has called for executive salaries to be in line with the current financial climate in the industry.

It is not for the commission to tell charities how much they should pay their executives. That is a matter for their trustees.

However, in these difficult times, when many charities are experiencing shortfalls, trustees should consider whether very high salaries are really appropriate, and fair to both the donors and the taxpayers who fund charities.

Disproportionate salaries risk bringing organisations and the wider charitable world into disrepute.

Warning over high charity executives' wages

Disproportionate salaries for charity executives risk bringing the wider charitable world into disrepute, the Charity Commission's chairman has warned.

William Shawcross said it is a matter for trustees to decide if high wages are appropriate and fair to both donors and taxpayers who fund charities.

Charity Commission's chairman William Shawcross has warned of charity executives high wages. Credit: Press Assocation

Mr Shawcross made the comments as the Daily Telegraph reported that the number of executives at charities connected to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) receiving salaries of £100,000 or more has increased from 19 to 30 over the past three years.

The Telegraph research focused on 14 foreign aid charities which make-up the DEC, which raises money quickly at times of tragedy in the world.

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MP donates thousands to Comic Relief after tweet

Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart has donated £14,268 to Comic Relief after thousands of people retweeted her post on social networking site Twitter.

The Labour politician told her followers on Friday that she would donate £1.00 to the Red Nose Day appeal for every retweet the post received by 9pm.

"You have to stick by your word if you take a risk like that," she told ITV London.

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Sir Bobby Robson fundraiser at The Sage

The Sage, Gateshead, tonight plays host to a star studded event; an evening celebrating the life of Sir Bobby Robson.

The event is being held on what would have been the ex-Newcastle and England manager's 80th birthday. Sir Bobby died of cancer in 2009.

Former Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler will attend tonight's event Credit: Henning Kaiser/DPA/Press Association Images

A red carpet is being rolled out to welcome special guests from the world of sport and

showbiz, including; former Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler, Joe McElderry, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, and comedian Paul Whitehouse.

South Shields star Joe McElderry will perform at the event Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Sir Bobby's wife, Lady Elsie, will also attend.

Proceeds from the event - which features music and entertainment - will go to The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Newcastle United's Alan Pardew is expected to attend the celebration of Sir Bobby's life Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Comedian Paul Whitehouse will be at tonight's event Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The charity was launched in 2008 to raise money for the treatment and detection of cancer and, so far, has raised more than 4 million pounds.

Profits will also go to The Alan Shearer Foundation, which helps children and adults living with a disability.

Britons cut down on charity donations by 20% last year

Public donations to charity fell by 20% in real terms last year, with good causes receiving £1.7 billion less, according to a new survey.

The survey for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) and National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) found that the number of individuals giving to charity fell in 2011/12 and amounts donated also declined, from £11 to £10 a month.

Data from 3,000 people, collected by the Office for National Statistics, suggested that:

  • Total giving to charities by members of the public in the UK fell from £11 billion to £9.3 billion in 2011/12 - the largest one-year decline in the Survey of Individual Giving's eight-year history.
  • When inflation is taken into account, the £1.7 billion reduction is the equivalent of a £2.3 billion fall in donations - more than 20% of total UK giving by individuals.
  • The survey found that 28.4 million people gave to charity during 2011/12 - more than half of all UK adults
  • But the proportion of people donating to charitable causes in a typical month fell from 58% to 55%
  • A larger proportion of women (58%) than men (52%) gave to charity
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