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Cross-departmental taskforce will seek to cut red tape for charities - 11 June 2010

Nick Hurd, the civil society minister, has told Parliament that his department would work with the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to find ways of reducing regulatory requirements.

Hurd stated that: 'The government are committed to making it easier for people to set up and run charities and to reduce the amount of regulation, monitoring and reporting that has been imposed on the sector'.

Hurd also confirmed that the government planned to review the criminal records and vetting and barring regime, saying a number of voluntary organisations had expressed frustration about the existing system.

He said he would meet Justine Greening, the economic secretary to the Treasury, to discuss Gift Aid reform. 'We have said that we would like to reduce the bureaucratic burden associated with Gift Aid, which falls on charities and disproportionately on small charities,' said Hurd. 'The Treasury-led Gift Aid forum is examining the case for reform and will report in September.'

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