FRSB and Information Commissioner to investigate data-sharing allegations | Angelina Jolie resigned from Halo Trust board 'after dispute' | Criticism of charities 'an expression of political frustration'

Plus: Chief operating officer leaves Charity Commission after four months | Charity and fundraising leaders to be quizzed by MPs | Home-Start founder Margaret Harrison dies

FRSB and ICO to investigate data-sharing claims
FRSB and ICO to investigate data-sharing claims

The Information Commissioner’s Office and the Fundraising Standards Board have both launched investigations into allegations in the Daily Mail newspaper that data sharing among charities led to a man with dementia being tricked out of £35,000 by unscrupulous companies.

The Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie resigned as a trustee of the landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust amid a dispute about two other board members, including its chair, being paid more than £120,000 for a review of the charity, it has been claimed.

Recent criticism of campaigning by charities is not so much a coherent campaign as an expression of frustration by politicians at the obstacles charities put in their way, according to the former Charity Commission board member Andrew Purkis.

Tracey Newman, chief operating officer at the Charity Commission, has left the regulator for personal reasons after four months in the role. A spokeswoman for the commission said that Newman, who joined the regulator in April, had left in early August.

MPs on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee will question charity and fundraising leaders next week as part of its inquiry into call centre fundraising.

Margaret Harrison, founder and life president of the family support charity Home-Start, died last month aged 77, the charity has announced.

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