Regulator begins consultation on Fundraising Preference Service

Charities, sector staff and members of the public can register online with the Fundraising Regulator to receive weekly briefings and to give their views

Fundraising: consultation launched on FPS
Fundraising: consultation launched on FPS

The Fundraising Regulator has launched a consultation on the development of the Fundraising Preference Service and will invite respondents to give their views on a weekly basis.

The FPS, which is due to begin operating in the early summer, will allow registered users to opt out of all direct marketing communications by telephone, email, text and direct mail from named charities.

The regulator is asking charities, sector professionals and members of the public who wish to take part in its consultation to register online.

They will then receive a brief weekly email from the regulator, asking for their opinion on different elements of the FPS as the project unfolds.

The consultation will seek respondents’ views on subjects ranging from the services appearance to its function.

A spokesman for the regulator said the consultation was expected to run until May, but it would be a flexible process so no final end date had been set.

Gerald Oppenheim, head of policy and communications at the Fundraising Regulator, said: "We are committed to making the development of the FPS an inclusive process, which is why the consultation is so important. The service’s priority is protecting the public, but we also need the views of the charity sector.

"The service is an important step in rebuilding the public’s trust in the sector, although on its own it is not a silver bullet. It demands the cooperation and commitment of charities. There is clear progress being made, but there is still a long way to go."

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