Legal firm Withers launched on 25 July 2015 a 38 Degrees campaign, calling on the Charity Commission and the Government Digital Service (responsible for Gov.uk) to reinstate the old Charity Commission website. PLEASE SIGN IT, at tinyurl.com/0j7853v!

In a previous article on governance resources I ranted about the difficulty of finding anything, even if you know what you are looking for, since the Commission’s website was moved to Gov.uk in September 2014 (www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission, although you can still, at least for the time being, get to it via www.charitycommission.gov.uk). I noted that I, and everyone else I know, now finds it easier to use Google to find documents on the Commission’s website than to locate anything through the Gov.uk search facility.

The 38 Degrees campaign says, “Despite only being a live site for a matter of months, the new website has already attracted almost universal criticism from users — as not only having less information on it than previously but also being difficult to navigate. All those involved in the management and administration of charities require a simple and effective service, and we believe that the best solution is to reinstate, and then to maintain and update, the old Charity Commission website.”

The Commission’s previous website wasn’t 100% faultless, but it was a whole lot better than what we have (or more accurately, don’t have) on Gov.uk. Please sign the 38 Degrees campaign at tinyurl.com/0j7853v. You only have to give your name, email address and postcode.

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