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July 14, 2015

British Government Plans Curbs on Cold-Call Solicitations

Britain is set to enact new regulations by the end of the year to restrict aggressive charity fundraising tactics that have drawn widespread condemnation in recent weeks, the Daily Mail writes.

Government ministers were to unveil details of the changes in Parliament on Tuesday, three days after Prime Minister David Cameron denounced high-pressure fundraising, including solicitations of dementia sufferers and elderly people on an official no-call register.

The move follows an exposé published last week by the Mail, which sent an undercover reporter to work at GoGen, a London call center employed by many of the country's biggest charities. Under the new rules, groups with revenue exceeding $1.55 million a year would have to document how they are monitoring their fundraisers. Mr. Cameron also announced an eight-week review of soliciting overseen by Stuart Etherington, head of the National Council for Voluntary Organizations.

The chief executive of Save the Children writes in a Guardian opinion piece that the British-based global aid group will end cold-call fundraising and give donors more control over how they are contacted. Justin Forsyth said the decision "could cost us money in the short-term" but will help the charity "maintain the trust and confidence we have built" with supporters.