Government has 'no plans' to limit fundraising platforms' fees, says minister

Charities minister Tracey Crouch provided the information in response to a written question from Labour's Stephanie Peacock

Tracey Crouch
Tracey Crouch

The government has said it has no plans to limit the fees charged to charities by online fundraising platforms.

In an answer to a written question submitted to parliament last week, Tracey Crouch, the Minister for Civil Society, said "there are currently no plans to limit the fees charged" by online fundraising platforms.

The comment was made in a response to a written question from Stephanie Peacock, the Labour MP for Barnsley East, asking what assessment the government had made of the fees charged on Gift-Aided money by online fundraising platforms.

There has been increased media scrutiny in recent years of the fees charged to charities when they receive donations through online fundraising platforms, such as JustGiving.

All the major fundraising platforms state that fees are charged for each donation made, but there has been debate over how transparent this model is.

Crouch said in her written statement that the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator were both working with online fundraising platforms "to set high standards, improve transparency and provide guidance".

The platforms have also committed to improving transparency around the fees they charge, the written statement said.

JustGiving recently announced that it had changed its donation fee model to allow donors to give more to cover the fundraising platform’s costs rather than charging charities itself.

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