Minister disappointed over charity FPS reset U-turn

wilsonThe charity minister has waded into the debate over the new Fundraising Preference Service by saying he is “disappointed” that, under the scheme, consumers will not be able stop all marketing communications from all charities at the touch of a button.
The Fundraising Regulator revealed how the FPS will work earlier today, after months of wraggling and outrage from many in the charity sector.
The decision not to have a “total reset button” was one concession, although in a classic case of “giving with one hand and taking away with another”, all UK charities – big or small – will have to obide by the new service and face the prospect of legal action if they do not.
In response to the regulator’s announcement, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson said: “I am slightly disappointed that the original proposal of complete reset is no longer being pursued. What really matters is that the FPS delivers the necessary protections for vulnerable and elderly people. This is what the FPS and Fundraising Regulator will be held to account for.”
However, the Institute of Fundraising welcomed the U-turn. Chief executive Peter Lewis commented: “Our members will be reassured by the development of a more sophisticated and donor-focused approach than the original single reset button, which would have stopped fundraising approaches for all charities and in doing so could have cut off supporters from causes they care about and led to millions of pounds in lost donations.”
But charity bosses group Acevo has criticised the lack of detail in the plans, saying it remains unclear how the regulator will manage the lists of people who signed up to the service.
In a statement it said: “The danger is that vagueness results in more pointless bureaucracy for hard-pressed charities – and that means less energy going to support vulnerable people in these uncertain economic times.”

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