FE Week has been taking a look at the accounts of two similarly sized not-for-profit awarding bodies. These figures form part of their 2010 Financial Statement, which can be downloaded from the Charity  Commission website: www.charity-commission.gov.uk

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  1. Richard Allinson

    Is running C&G more difficult than running the country? Many of us would need much convincing that it is, I think. So why do they need 7 people paid more than the Prime Minister. Removing these costs would enable them to cut nearly 1.5% off their prices, with benefits throughout the education sector, especially FE.

  2. Adam Betts

    Pretty loose definition of a charity. ‘Charitable’ legal entities are abound in this sector, even consultancy firms have this status. A nice way of avoiding various taxes, and a great way of ‘reinvesting any surplus’ **cough** back into the business – i.e. the salaries of senior management.

  3. In agreement that it doesn’t feel like these salaries are in line with the organisation’s ‘charitable objectives’, but I think you’ll find that other recognised national Charities also pay their staff high wages. The public’s perception of 100% of charitable donations going to the ’cause’ is far from the reality.

  4. Anonymous

    With all this dosh, perhaps they should be called City & Gilded! it’s a bit sordid; A public money gravy train and profiteering wrapped up as a charity… how much money could be spent on students and colleges if City & Guilds wasn’t such a commercial organisation? I look at these salaries, and I get a bad taste in my mouth.

  5. I help run a charity in the healthcare sector. I am appalled by the reckless greed and unaccountability allowed under the definition of a charity. The charity commission shows it is not fit for purpose in the lack of comments and reporting of this – For example the least it could provide is a league table of the highest salaries. As staff and salaries over 60,000 have to be reported in the return this would cost nothing to provide on thier web site. It should also require charities to report the percentage of taxpayer funded contributions, as many charities are secretly taxpayer funded by local authority or government grants.