Fundraising Regulator releases business plan for next two years

It confirms that it will be funded by a levy on large fundraising charities and will develop a vulnerable persons policy

The Fundraising Regulator has published its business plan for the next two years.

The 11-page document mostly contains details already announced by the regulator, such as that it will be funded by a levy on charities that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising and it will work to develop the Fundraising Preference Service.

The plan, released a year after Sir Stuart Etherington published his review of fundraising self-regulation, says that in addition to regulating charity’s fundraising activities it will provide "thought leadership" based on research and survey work.

The regulator says it will develop a vulnerable persons policy that all registering bodies will be required to sign up to.

The document says the regulator will work closely with other statutory bodies and has already signed memorandums of understanding with organisations including the three charity regulators for the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Gambling Commission.

It says the Fundraising Regulator is responsible for fundraising standards across the UK, but at this stage it will regulate only charities based in England and Wales.

It will also regulate charities that are based in England but do some fundraising in Scotland, and Scottish charities will be regulated by an independent panel linked to the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, the document says.

Decisions relating to the regulation of fundraising in Northern Ireland "will be made in autumn 2016", it says.

The document says that charities will be encouraged to register with the regulator, which would indicate they are committed to observing the Code of Fundraising Practice.

"In addition, we will require some charities to submit an annual complaints report to us," the plan says. "This will enable us to generate and publish a picture of fundraising complaints across the sector."

The Fundraising Regulator’s budget is yet to be published, but the business plan says it will have a proposed annual sum of between £2m and £2.5m with which to work.

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