Fundraising pay disclosure rules 'are unworkable'

The new legal requirement for fundraisers to disclose how much they are paid is unworkable, according to the Association of Fundraising Consultants.

The AFC has a representative on the working party set up by the Office of the Third Sector to help produce guidance on the law.

The OTS is working on a second draft of the guidance. The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association has said that disclosure could deter donors (Third Sector, 28 November).

Geoff Howard, vice chair of the AFC, said it had commissioned a legal opinion on the requirement before the Charities Act became law last year. "What is emerging is what we forewarned people about," he said. "It was self-evidently going to be unworkable. The horse is out of the stable and now we have to catch it."

The 2006 legal opinion by Anne-Marie Piper, chair of the Charity Law Association, said: "Given its flaws, I am at a loss to understand how the solicitation statement regime in its current or revised form can be expected to increase public confidence in charities. In my opinion, the regime should be scrapped in its entirety."

A spokesman for the OTS declined to say what was in the draft guidance. The final version would help people comply with the law, he said.

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