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.