Scots charity fundraisers not required to disclose pay

New Scottish Parliament legislation differs from law in England and Wales

Agency fundraisers working in Scotland will not be required to disclose how much they are earning under legislation laid in the Scottish Parliament this week.

The Charities and Benevolent Fundraising Regulations, which will come into effect on 1 July if they are passed, say fundraising agencies working in Scotland on behalf of charities would have to tell potential donors who they were working for and that they were being paid - but not how much.

However, they would have to disclose the information if it was requested by potential donors.

Since a change in the law last year, agency fundraisers in England and Wales have to tell potential donors how much they are being paid.

A spokesman for the Institute of Fundraising Scotland said the matter had been strongly debated with the Scottish Government.

Mick Aldridge, chief executive of the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association, said it was easier and safer for fundraisers on both sides of the border to give full disclosure so they would not have to consider two sets of rules.

However, he said that when laws south of the border were due for review it would be worth considering whether they needed to be as stringent.

"England and Wales ought to look at themselves and consider why they are so much more restrictive and bloody-minded about their regulations," he said.

The Scottish guidelines also require charities working with fundraising agencies to sign formal written agreements and to tell donors what percentage of their gift will go to each party.

A requirement for all fundraisers using written fundraising techniques, such as direct mail, to declare their remuneration was withdrawn.

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