Dear Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport,

This is a Freedom of Information request concerning the establishment of the Fundraising Regulator. I am aware that responsibility for Civil Society has now passed to DCMS. This request relates to the period prior to that transfer, but the Cabinet Office has said relevant papers will have been passed to DCMS.

Please provide information previously held by the Cabinet Office which relates to the desired outcomes for which the Fundraising Regulator was established. I am not referring to general correspondence about the regulation of fundraising or the Fundraising Regulator itself but more specifically to any letter or briefing or policy note or similar which was sent to the Fundraising Regulator or NCVO or their respective staffs expressing opinions or views or directions about the desired outcomes, key performance indicators or key success factors for the new fundraising regulatory scheme and organisation.

For example, if the new Regulator or NCVO were / was told that the Cabinet Office hoped that complaints would be reduced by a certain proportion, then that would come within the remit of my request. Matters relating to the organisational structure of the Regulator and the method of appointment of board or staff etc would also come within that remit.

Thank you

Yours faithfully

Madeline Bowles

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Dear Ms Bowles,

Thank you for your email of 6 November 2017, in which you made the
following request for information:

Please provide information previously held by the Cabinet Office which
relates to the desired outcomes for which the Fundraising Regulator was
established. I am not referring to general correspondence about the
regulation of fundraising or the Fundraising Regulator itself but more
specifically to any letter or briefing or policy note or similar which was
sent to the Fundraising Regulator or NCVO or their respective staffs
expressing opinions or views or directions about the desired outcomes, key
performance indicators or key success factors for the new fundraising
regulatory scheme and organisation.

For example, if the new Regulator or NCVO were / was told that the Cabinet
Office hoped that complaints would be reduced by a certain proportion,
then that would come within the remit of my request. Matters relating to
the organisational structure of the Regulator and the method of
appointment of board or staff etc. would also come within that remit.

We have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(the Act). We regret that we are unable to respond to your request because
it exceeds the cost limit set out by the Act. Section 12 of the Act makes
provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where
the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which
for central government is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost
of one person spending 3.5 working days in determining whether the
department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the
information.

We consider your request would be over the statutory limit because in
order to retrieve all the information we might hold within scope of your
request, we would need to search through a very large quantity of
information as the wording of the request is too broad, which drives this
over the cost limit. You may wish to refine your request and narrow its
scope by being more specific about the information you most interested in
and including any dates or period of time relevant to the information
required.

If you would like further information regarding the cost limit and how it
is applied please refer to the Office of Public Sector Information website
using the link below:

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2004/2004324...

I have included a couple of links which you may find useful. The terms of
reference for the review of fundraising regulation, led by Sir Stuart
Etherington (CEO of NCVO) were agreed between Cabinet Office and the
Review Panel and formed the basis of the review. They are publicly
available here:
https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/wp-content/upl....

The Minister for Civil Society (then Rob Wilson MP) also made a statement
on the appointment of Lord Grade of Yarmouth as chair of the Fundraising
Regulator, which is also publicly available:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/lord-....

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

4th floor, 100 Parliament Street

London SW1A 2BQ

www.gov.uk/dcms

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