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For breaking rules, a review says that Charities could be banned from certain forms of fundraising, such as cold-calling or mail shots…reports Asian Lite news

Sir Stuart Etherington, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Sir Stuart Etherington, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

A government commissioned review also recommended the creation of a new register to allow people to opt out of all charity contact, reports BBC News.

It follows concerns about aggressive fundraising tactics by some charities, particularly targeting the vulnerable.

It also said the main fundraising regulator should be scrapped.

Sir Stuart Etherington, from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, who led the review, said the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) “really doesn’t have the clout or the sanctions” to prevent bad practice, BBC adds.

When the heads of several major UK charities appeared before MPs earlier this month, they placed the bulk of the blame for improper fundraising tactics with outside agencies working on their behalf.

Sir Stuart said charities must “really carefully scrutinise what these agencies are doing”, and must be prepared to accept a drop in the amount of money they raise – in the short term at least – in order to improve standards.

Sir Stuart said of the new regulator: “It will be able to say to charities, ‘That fundraising method that you’re using, you’re using inappropriately and we’re going to stop you using that for a while.'”

Charities could then have to submit future fundraising plans to the regulator before being allowed to recommence their activities.

The regulator could also order compulsory training for fundraisers who have not adhered to the rules, for example by failing to follow correct procedure when dealing with vulnerable people.

Sir Stuart told BBC News that Britain was a “tremendously generous country” but charities were not thinking hard enough about “what it was like to be on the receiving end of some of their fundraising methods”.

“We have to make sure that we restore public confidence in charity,” he added.

Two other existing regulators, the Institute of Fundraising and Public Fundraising Association, would merge and continue to monitor aspects of on-street and door-to-door fundraising, but the new overarching regulator would ultimately be responsible for all forms of fundraising, reports BBC.

The FRSB said it agreed some reform was needed, but told BBC News “a revamped FRSB, properly resourced, would be the most viable and cost-effective way of moving forward”.

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