Preference service used by fewer than 4,000 people last year

Figures from the Fundraising Regulator show that, in the year to the end of October, 3,847 people made 11,890 requests to stop communications from almost 1,000 different charities

More than 3,800 people used the Fundraising Preference Service to block contact from one or more charities in the year to October 2018, the Fundraising Regulator has revealed.

Statistics published today show that the FPS, which allows people to stop certain charities from sending them communications by phone, text, email or post, was used by 3,847 people to make 11,890 requests between November 2017 and October 2018.

Some 988 charities have received at least one request to stop contacting someone, the regulator revealed.

On average, one person will block three charities using the FPS, but 10 people used the FPS to end contact with more than 50 charities, according to the figures.

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of requests were made on behalf of someone else.

The figures suggest use of the service is slowing down. In the first six weeks after it was launched on 6 July 2017, more than 6,000 requests to block contact were made using the scheme, and in the following eight weeks about 10,000 requests were made. 

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