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Make all educational establishments exempt charities

Comment 6th July 2010

Charities Commission registration for the Oxbridge college where I am involved in administration (as a lay trustee) has been a complete and utter waste of time and money. The college is already regulated by the University of which it is a part, and by various educational regulators, as well as HMRC in relation to its trusts, endowments etc. There is no need to add yet another layer of regulation in the shape of the Charities Commission, which actually hinders the aims of the charity, by necessitating the employment of c. 2 admin staff, whose salaries could otherwise pay for teaching!

Why does this matter?

Because HEFCE funding will inevitably be cut in the near future, meaning that educational establishments will have to make better use of other sources of income. Administration costs are not the way to go about this. Bodies that are already regulated in every operational respect do not need administrative regulation.

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