Fundraising Regulator agrees 'a way forward' for Fundraising Preference Service

A summary of discussions at a recent board meeting says a summary of responses to consultation were published, but the regulator will not yet give details of how the FPS will operate

Fundraising: no details yet on how FPS will work
Fundraising: no details yet on how FPS will work

The Fundraising Regulator’s board has "agreed a way forward" for the controversial Fundraising Preference Service.

But the watchdog will not yet confirm in public the final details of how it will operate.

A summary of discussions at the regulator’s board meeting on 16 November, which has been published on its website, says board members were presented with a summary of the responses to the FPS discussion paper, which was put out to consultation in August, "and the broad themes of the comments".

The notes of the meeting say: "The detailed discussions that followed concluded with the board agreeing a way forward for the FPS."

The board also agreed an approach for procuring the FPS, the notes say.

A spokesman for the regulator said this morning he could make no further comment on what the board had agreed or when any announcement on how the service would operate might be made.

The regulator announced in August that people who signed up to the FPS would be given the option to block all fundraising communications or to specify the charities they did not wish to hear from.

The watchdog said the service would include a "large red button" for those who wanted to stop receiving all fundraising communications and a "small red button" for those who wished to prevent a named charity or charities from contacting them.

The regulator confirmed at the time that the service would apply only to organisations that spend £100,000 or more a year on fundraising.

The notes from the board meeting say the regulator had received 305 complaints by 1 November, which is consistent with what its chair, Lord Grade, said last week.

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