Protester wants to halt donations

A campaigner is encouraging the public to stop donating to voluntary groups until the Charity Commission "makes charities more accountable" to their service users.

The campaigner, who calls himself Des Curley, is promising to protest for a day outside the regulator's offices if 30 other people sign up by the end of this year. So far, 16 have done so.

His promise is hosted by Pledge Bank, a website on which people promise to carry out actions if others join them.

In his pledge, Curley writes: "Individuals and companies should stop sponsoring charities that do not have complaints procedures to protect those they claim to serve."

A spokeswoman for the Charity Commission said: "Legally, charities don't have to have complaints procedures, but they are a useful way to keep step with users' needs."

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