Public trust in charities at eight-year low | Regulator 'not there to save failing charities' | Gift Aid up £140m last year

Plus: Four out of five small and medium-sized charities 'struggling for funding' | Charity Commission amends telephone fundraising guidance | Facebook widens access to 'donate now' buttons

Public trust in charities has fallen
Public trust in charities has fallen

Public trust in charities has fallen to its lowest level for eight years, according to new figures from the consultancy nfpSynergy.

The Charity Commission is not there to save failing charities such as Kids Company and "the buck stops with trustees", according to William Shawcross, the regulator's chair.

The total amount of Gift Aid paid to charities rose by £140m in 2014/15 compared with the previous year, provisional figures from HM Revenue & Customs show.

More than four out of five small and medium-sized charities are "struggling to raise the funds they need to survive", according to a new report from the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The Charity Commission has amended its guidance to say that trustees must ensure any telephone fundraising carried out by their charity complies with data protection legislation.

Charities in the UK have welcomed Facebook’s decision to allow them to include "donate now’" buttons on their Facebook pages and adverts.

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