A number of charities have not responded to the Fundraising Regulator’s request to pay the levy it requires, the watchdog has said, warning that the government could enforce the fee if not enough charities pay voluntarily.
In a reminder on the regulator’s blog, its policy manager, Stephen Service, said charities that had not yet replied to the letter asking for payment, or which had not yet received communication from the regulator but believed they should have done, should contact the regulator as soon as possible.
He said: "The majority of charities contacted about the levy in 2016 have responded positively, but there remain a number of charities identified as eligible to pay it that have not yet responded to the Fundraising Regulator’s request for payment."
A spokesman for the Fundraising Regulator declined to give the names of the charities that had not responded or say how many there were.
He said Rob Wilson, the Minister for Civil Society, had made it clear that if insufficient voluntary payments were forthcoming the reserve powers in the Charities (Protection and Social Protection) Act 2016 would be used to make the levy statutory.
"The Charity Commission, the Fundraising Regulator and other major stakeholders across the sector are keen to avoid that outcome, which would not reflect well on the sector," the spokesman said.
The cross-party review of fundraising regulation in recommended in 2015 that the new regulator should be funded by an annual voluntary levy on charities.
The levy applies to all charities with fundraising expenditure of £100,000 or more.
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