Government supports Hodgson’s call to strengthen self-regulation

The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) welcomes the Government’s response to recommendations issued by the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) and Lord Hodgson, concluding the review of the Charities Act 2006.

In its response, Government supports recommendations to strengthen the existing self-regulatory scheme and announces the intention to conduct its next review of self-regulation in 2017.

Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, says: “Government has recognised the successful implementation of self-regulation, supporting Lord Hodgson’s call to further build and strengthen the scheme. In doing so, Government affirms the need for greater incentives for fundraising organisations to sign up to the FRSB and tighter sanctions for those that fail to comply with best practice, while calling for wider sector support of self-regulation.

“Since Lord Hodgson published his recommendations for change last year, the FRSB has introduced a new auditing scheme for members and is working to make self-regulation even more accessible to all branches of the fundraising sector. Clarification of the respective roles of the Fundraising Standards Board, Public Fundraising Regulatory Association and Institute of Fundraising has been an important development. This is a golden opportunity for the sector to come together and build on the progress to date.”

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