Standards board goes face to face with arch-critic

Labour MP David Lepper has postponed until April his plans to raise questions in Parliament about the viability of the Fundraising Standards Board.

Meanwhile, the Brighton Pavilion MP, a critic of face-to-face fundraising, will meet senior staff at the board to hear about its costs and governance.

"I am concerned the board is not independent enough from the profession," he said. "I also have questions about how it is spending public money, and what proportion was spent on its launch."

The board has budgeted £250,000 for a PR, marketing and advertising campaign from its £840,000 five-year seed-corn funding. It would not comment on the meeting.

Lepper is also to convene a meeting between the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association and Brighton's town centre managers in a bid to reach a site management agreement for street fundraisers.

Nik Earl, communications manager at the PFRA, said: "We want a site management agreement in Brighton as much as anyone."

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