Amount raised through payroll giving down £21m | Rise in complaints against Charity Commission | Minister says chuggers a 'menace'

Plus: Trust in charities down by ten percentage points | Chief executive and chair of Institute of Legacy Management to stand down | British Medical Association opposes plans to legalise alcohol at charity events

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The amount of money raised through payroll giving has fallen by £21m over the past year, despite about 100,000 more people donating through the scheme. According to provisional figures published by HM Revenue & Customs, the total amount raised fell to an estimated £134m in 2013/14 from £155m the previous year.

The number of complaints made against the Charity Commission in 2013/14 was up by more than a third on the previous year, the regulator's Annual Complaints Review shows. The proportion of complaints fully or partially upheld nearly doubled, from 19 per cent to 34 per cent.

A government minister has described the techniques employed by street fundraisers as "deeply unpleasant" and "a menace". Brandon Lewis, the minister for local government, fire & rescue and high streets, also called for councils to take steps to clamp down on what he called their "high-street harassment".

The proportion of people who trust charities has fallen by 10 percentage points over the past year, according to a new survey. A survey of 1,000 people by consultancy nfpSynergy, published today, found that 56 per cent of respondents said they trusted charities "quite a lot" or "a great deal", down from 66 per cent in 2013.

The chief executive and chair of the Institute of Legacy Management are to stand down and its proposed merger with the Institute of Fundraising is to be put on hold. Simon West, its chief executive, will leave the charity in September for health reasons, and Helen Hoare, its chair, will leave her role in the same month.

The British Medical Association has opposed government plans to relax licensing laws in order to allow charities and voluntary groups to sell small amounts of alcohol at events.

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