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Lord Hodgson says the three fundraising regulators should merge into one

The Conservative peer tells a parliamentary meeting that the public doesn't understand the need for three separate bodies

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts has called for a single body to replace the three organisations that oversee charity fundraising.

The Institute of Fundraising, the Fundraising Standards Board and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association should merge to form a single body, the Conservative peer said.

He was speaking yesterday at a meeting in Westminster of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering, of which he is vice-chair.

He challenged the three bodies to come up with a solution that was less confusing to the public – who, he said, were disappointed with buck-passing.

"There is a public disconnect with fundraising and it is a really serious matter," Hodgson said. "The public doesn’t understand why we need the IoF, the FRSB and the PFRA. We need one body, with one telephone number and one email. You guys can make that happen."

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