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Etherington’s suggestions ‘won’t address public concerns’, says Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis, the chief executive of the IoF, has criticised proposals for changing fundraising self-regulation put forward last night by Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, saying they would not “address public concerns”.

Responding to a speech by Etherington, made at NCVO’s Evolve conference last night, Lewis (pictured) said in a statement that the IoF has “responded quickly and strongly to the issues” raised following the apparent suicide of Olive Cooke, a 92-year-old woman who some media outlets said was “hounded to death” by fundraisers.

Etherington said that there was a lack of confidence in the fundraising self-regulatory regime following a public outcry, and that sweeping changes were needed.

Lewis said that he refuted the fact that “the structures are flawed as he seems to suggest, or that changing those structures would in itself address public concerns”.

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