More than 500 charities have not paid regulator's second-year levy

The Fundraising Regulator says 1,208 have paid the levy, but 503 have yet to do so

More than 500 organisations have not yet paid the Fundraising Regulator’s second-year levy, according to figures released by the regulator today.

The regulator revealed that 1,208 organisations had paid the voluntary levy to fund its operations for its second year, which it began asking payment for in September – but 503 have not.

Of the non-payers, the regulator said 23 charities had refused to pay the second-year levy.

Of the remaining 480 non-payers, the regulator said 95 had committed to pay, 368 had not yet responded and 17 were in negotiation about it.

The figures were published as the regulator relaunched its public register, which it said had been modified to improve transparency.

Each charity’s entry on the new register now shows whether the organisation has paid the levy in both the first and second years. The regulator said it would be updated daily to reflect new payments.

Charities that spend more than £100,000 a year on fundraising, according to their accounts filed with the Charity Commission, have been asked to pay a voluntary annual levy of between £150 and £15,000 to fund the regulator, based on their fundraising spending.

But a spokeswoman for the regulator said that according to provisions in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016, which will come into force later this year, charities would be required to pay or explain why, once the all the annual accounts for 2017 had been published.

If they did not, she said, it would "be a governance and regulatory matter which the Charity Commission may follow up".

The spokeswoman for the Fundraising Regulator said that, compared with the same time in the first year, the regulator was in a better position in terms of how many organisations had paid the levy.

About 100 more organisations were deemed eligible to pay the levy for year two than in year one.

According to the regulator’s figures, 28 charities were still refusing to pay the levy for year one, although 1,400 organisations had paid.

It said 199 had not yet paid, including the 28 refusals.

Of the remainder, 49 charities had committed to pay, 46 were still in negotiations with the regulator and 76 had not responded to requests for payment.

Several organisations that have not paid the year one levy had paid in year two, the regulator said in a statement.

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said: "These updates to the public register directly respond to feedback from the sector urging us to increase transparency regarding payment of the fundraising levy.

"We would like to thank the organisations that have committed to supporting the work we do with them to improve fundraising standards and increase public confidence in the sector."

Organisations that are not eligible to pay the levy, including charities that spend less than £100,000 a year on fundraising and commercial fundraising organisations, can join the register to show a commitment to good practice.

Smaller charities pay a fee of £50 a year to register, and commercial organisations pay between £150 and £12,000 depending on their annual turnover.

In a statement the regulator said that when their registrations ran out, these organisations would have three months to renew before being removed from the register.

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