'Undue pressure' on public to donate to Oxfam | Badger Trust's political neutrality questioned

Plus: Sector condemns 'flawed' True and Fair Foundation report | Turley withdraws charities bill amendment | Workplace Giving UK closes | Stephen Dunmore moves to Fundraising Regulator

The Fundraising Standards Board has called for the Institute of Fundraising to amend its code of practice so that fundraisers can no longer ask for a donation more than twice during a telephone call after ruling that the fundraising agency Listen placed "undue pressure" on the public to donate when working on behalf of Oxfam.

The Charity Commission is monitoring the Badger Trust to ensure that its trustees "protect their charity from the perception of party political bias or a lack of independence," a case report from the commission said yesterday.

The voluntary sector has strongly criticised a report from the True and Fair Foundation that claims that one in five charities spend less than half of their income on charitable activities.

The shadow minister for civil society has withdrawn an amendment to the charities bill that would have given charities the right to appeal against official warnings from the Charity Commission.

The payroll giving agency Workplace Giving UK has gone into administration, making it the sixth company within the Fundraising Initiatives Group to cease trading this year.

Stephen Dunmore, former chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, has been appointed interim chief executive of the new Fundraising Regulator.

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