FINANCE NEWS: CFDG spearheads initiative to exempt fetes from licence

The Charity Finance Directors' Group (CFDG) has joined forces with the Institute of Fundraising to pressure the Government to exempt village fetes from the new entertainment licensing regime.

The umbrella bodies jointly wrote to Baroness Blackstone, the Government spokeswoman for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Lords, asking her to support an amendment from Liberal Democrat peer Lord Phillips absolving village fetes from the licence rules.

"Subjecting fetes to the proposed licensing regime and fees will create huge bureaucracy and costs for many charities," the letter from Shirley Scott, chief executive of CFDG, and Andrew Watt, head of policy at the Institute, stated.

"Fetes are a primary route to fundraising for small voluntary and community groups. Without these events many of these organisations would cease to exist."

Last week, the Government backed down and agreed to bring forward an amendment to the licence ruling.

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