Abolish Fundraising Standards Board, says Etherington review | Anna Turley appointed shadow charities minister | Some charities 'did not have reliable records on donor consent'

Plus: Winners of Third Sector Awards announced | Two-thirds of people feel more negatively about charities after seeing critical stories | Charities must no longer sell supporters' data, IoF says

Sir Stuart Etherington
Sir Stuart Etherington

The Fundraising Standards Board should be abolished and the Institute of Fundraising stripped of its responsibility for overseeing the Code of Fundraising Practice, Sir Stuart Etherington’s review of the self-regulation of fundraising has concluded. The report recommends that a new body, tentatively called the Fundraising Regulator, should be established to replace the FRSB and given the responsibility for setting fundraising standards.

Anna Turley, the Labour MP for Redcar, has been given the shadow charities brief, despite the role having appeared to have been given last week to Ian Lavery. Turley, a former special adviser in both the Cabinet Office and the Department for Work and Pensions, entered parliament at the general election in May. 

The investigation being carried out by the Information Commissioner’s Office into the allegations made against charities in the Daily Mail newspaper found that some of the charities concerned did not have accurate and reliable records on whether donors had consented to receive marketing, according to written evidence submitted to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

An innovative partnership between the IT company Microsoft and the sight-loss charity Guide Dogs was among the winners at this year’s Third Sector Awards. The awards recognise the outstanding work carried out by charities, not-for-profit organisations and their partners.

Almost two-thirds of people who have seen negative media stories about charities in recent months feel more negatively towards them, according to new research.

A ban on charities selling supporters’ data is among the changes that will be made to the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice after a review by its standards committee. The changes were announced the day before Sir Stuart Etherington's review of the self-regulation of fundraising was published. 

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