The changes are designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. The new code is also easier for the public to navigate so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.
These changes follow a consultation in autumn 2018, which focused on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the current code.
The changes include the following:
- Consolidation of the former code, rulebooks and legal appendices so that all of the standards can be found in one code.
- Clearer navigation by restructuring the standards into three parts so that users can clearly identify which standards apply depending on the type of fundraising they do.
- Clarification of where there are differences in law in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
- Transparent, jargon-free language, following an independent review by the Plain English campaign, which gave the code a Crystal Mark standard.
Complaints will continue to be considered against the version of the code in effect at the time of the incident. This means the new code will be used as the basis for making decisions about any incidents that take place from October onwards.