Cage withdraws Charity Commission judicial review after statement | RNLI expects to lose millions over communications opt-in | Fundraising Preference Service 'confusing'

Plus: Justin Forsyth to leave Save the Children | Three-quarters of people feel 'bombarded' by charity fundraising | Rise in good-cause money from National Lottery

The Royal Courts of Justice
The Royal Courts of Justice

The advocacy group Cage has withdrawn its judicial review of the Charity Commission's actions over the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust after the commission acknowledged in the High Court that it had no power to forbid charities to fund organisations in the future.

The RNLI is introducing an opt-in-only policy for its communications, which it predicts will lose the charity £36m in income over the next five years. From 1 January 2017, the lifeboats charity will not contact individuals by phone, email or post unless they have actively given their consent for the charity to do so.

The proposed Fundraising Preference Service, which will enable people to opt out of all charity telephone calls and direct mail, could lead to "greater confusion", said Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner.

Justin Forsyth, chief executive of Save the Children UK since September 2010, is to leave the charity in February. He said he had made the decision to move on with a "mix of pride in what we have achieved and sadness at moving on from one of the best jobs in the world".

Three-quarters of British people feel "bombarded" by charity fundraising appeals, according to a survey of more than 2,000 UK adults, commissioned by the fundraising website eSolidar.

The amount of money the National Lottery generated for good causes increased slightly in the six months to September 2015, half-year results from Camelot, the lottery operator, show.

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