Lord Hodgson has stood by his recommendations made in the Charities Act review which stated that charities with more than £1 million revenue should be allowed to pay their trustees, without permission from the Charity Commission.

The NCVO President was speaking at the Public Administration Select Committee, where he was questioned about his controversial proposal.

Lord Hodgson told MPs that there has been a generational shift in favour of paying trustees, with young people more ready to allow the payment of trustees than older people.

Hodgson was referring to a study carried out by Ipsos Mori which found that nearly half of 18 – 24 year olds (47%) favoured payment of trustees, compared with just 22% for those 65 or older.