Prime Minister David Cameron said the government would put forward legislation to "protect the vulnerable from aggressive fundraisers and rogue charities" after a series of Daily Mail articles focused on the methods used by some telephone fundraising agencies.
Cabinet Office ministers awarded £3m to Kids Company despite warnings from the department's most senior civil servant that the charity was unlikely to meet government conditions, newly published letters show.
The existing system of self-regulation of fundraising is not working because it is not clear enough and has failed to pick up recent examples of malpractice unearthed by the press, according to the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson.
The volume of charity fundraising requests received by the 92-year-old poppy seller Olive Cooke was not mentioned at an inquest into her death, which concluded she had committed suicide.
The humanitarian charity the Disasters Emergency Committee and Karma Nirvana, which supports the victims of forced marriage, are among the finalists in this year's Britain's Most Admired Charities awards.
Rosemary Gillespie, the ousted chief executive of the Terrence Higgins Trust, said she had been poorly treated and the charity's board did not "have the stomach for the programme of change I was brought in to deliver".
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