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Self-regulation of charities has failed, says Labour peer

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) bill should be strengthened to ensure the proper regulation of charity fundraising, Dianne Hayter has told fellow peers in the House of Lords.

Speaking at the bill’s second reading on 10 June, the shadow spokesperson for business, innovation and skills said one-third of fundraising charities were not members of the Fundraising Standards Board, the independent self-regulator for charity fundraising in the UK.

The bill might be used to oblige charities to sign up to an industry code and join the FSB, Hayter said, or grant greater powers to the Charity Comission.

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