Scottish Government feels heat on fundraising regulations

The Institute of Fundraising Scotland will put pressure on the Scottish Government to publish the overdue benevolent fundraising regulations, part of the implementation of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005.

The regulations will control how face-to-face and house-to-house fundraising is carried out north of the border. According to the institute, they were due to be published at its conference last week – 18 months after a consultation that took place in March last year.

Gregor McNie, public affairs manager at the institute, said: “The first thing we will do is contact the Scottish Government to ask what its timeline is and try to bring that forward. Then we will consider asking parliamentary questions and writing letters to the relevant ministers from the chair of the institute.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The Scottish Government has completed a public consultation on fundraising for benevolent bodies and a report will be published on our website in due course.

“We anticipate laying regulations on fundraising for benevolent bodies before Parliament towards the end of this year.”

He added: We are aware of the importance of liaising with stakeholders and will continue to seek their views on a wide range of issues, including those relating to prospecting.”

McNie blamed the publication delay on Scottish Government work pressures and a change in government.

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