Preference service receives more than 4,000 suppression requests in six days

The figure of 2.2 requests a minute is an increase on the 1.8 of the service's first day

Suppression requests can be made across platforms
Suppression requests can be made across platforms

The Fundraising Preference Service received a total of 4,015 requests to block charity communications in its first six days, the Fundraising Regulator has revealed.

These requests to the service, which allows people to block contact by telephone, email, text message or direct mail from up to three individual charities at a time, were made by 2,007 different people, the regulator said in its monthly newsletter.

The figures work out at more than 2.2 requests being made a minute, which represents a slight increase in the rate of requests since the FPS’s first day on Thursday, when 1.8 requests a minute were made.

Of the total number of requests made, more than 3,500 were requests to stop communications across all the eligible channels, the regulator said.

It added that at least 190 requests had been specifically to block direct mail, 42 to block telephone calls, 31 to block text messages and 17 to block emails.

The figures for requests to block particular channels were not as up to date as the overall total of 4,015, a spokesman for the regulator said.

The regulator has said it will post regular statistical releases about the demand for the service on the FPS website.

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