Lifestyle: It is about time that charities got their act together and instead of lining their own pockets with big salaries and perks, actually used the public’s money primarily for the purpose it was intended. And isn't it time the Charity Commission did its job and stopped the legalised fleecing of the good-natured British public.
Personally I have stopped making contributions to certain charity organisations, which appear to serve the people who work for them, rather than for the purpose intended. Executives of some of our biggest charities earn twice the salary of our Prime Minister, with an unhealthy concern about their own substantial pension nests.
The latest charity to disgrace itself is the League Against Cruel Sports. As reported in The Times, it has used donations, including a large bequest from a supporter, on substantial pay increases for staff and foreign travel for various executives, including its respected vice-president Bill Oddie. It is a shame that an organisation with good intentions is embroiled in accusations of bad financial management and poor judgement.
It is not the only charity to attract bad publicity over the years. Frankly, I have tired of seeing television advertisements tugging on my heart-strings for donations for deserving causes, when the organisations themselves are sitting in plush offices on piles of cash.
I don’t expect people to work for nothing (although many volunteers do), but the charity sector has become a magnet for fat cats more interested in the personal rewards it offers. The Charity Commission needs to use whatever power it has to regulate the sector and check where the public’s money is really being spent.