Scandals spark public anger at UK's historic charities

A walk down a typical British high street dotted with second-hand shops testifies to the central role that charities play in the country, but a spate of grim headlines has left the sector facing a crisis of trustFor centuries, British charities have harnessed public goodwill and the expertise of staff to help deliver care to the neediest and lobby governments of the day to support their cause. Charity began to play an even more central role in the 1980s when the market-friendly Conservative government began “outsourcing welfare” through contracts with charities, according to Paul Palmer, a charity professor at London’s Cass Business School.

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