Delayed sustainability fund is launched | Rule forbidding fundraisers to ignore no-cold-calling signs is agreed | Pro forma letter asking charities not to contact people downloaded 30,000 times

Plus: National Lottery good-cause money has fallen by £100m since the Lotto ticket price doubled | Fee to fund the Charity Commission widely opposed | Scottish income tax devolution 'will raise fundamental questions' on Gift Aid

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The Cabinet Office has finally launched the Local Sustainability Fund more than a year after it was proposed. The £20m fund will provide grants to about 250 organisations working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. It was originally expected to be £40m.

Door-to-door fundraisers should not knock on the doors of properties that display "no-cold-calling" stickers or signs, according to a new rule introduced by the Institute of Fundraising. But research from the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association indicates that the rule change could cost the charity sector up to £4.2m each year in lost donations.

A pro forma letter that people can use to tell charities to stop contacting them has been downloaded more than 30,000 times since it was made available by the BBC’sThe One Show last week,

The total amount of money raised for good causes by the National Lottery has fallen by £100m in the 20 months since its operator, Camelot, doubled the price of tickets for the main Lotto game.

The proposal for charities to pay a fee to fund the work of the Charity Commission would face strong opposition from within the sector and would require the regulator to become more independent of government, according to umbrella bodies. A commission report published this week found that the majority of the public were in favour of charities making a financial contribution to their regulation.

Devolution of control over income tax to Scotland will "raise some pretty fundamental questions" about Gift Aid, the UK government minister responsible for charity tax issues told the Charity Tax Group annual conference this week.

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