The Payments Council is to hold a series of meetings with the voluntary sector on the future of cheques and alternative methods of payments.
The workshops, which start next week, will explore how and why charities use cheques and the alternatives available.
The Payments Council had planned to close cheque clearing services in the UK by October 2018. However, following lobbying from the charity sector and criticism from the Treasury Committee, the Council has now said it will not stop cheques in 2018, unless it is satisfied that adequate payment alternatives are in place by 2016.
Paul Smee, chief executive of the Payments Council said: “Our challenge now is to understand, in more detail, the needs of those who rely on cheques. These sessions are being arranged to understand how we can help the charitable sector administer the payments they need.”
The Institute of Fundraising, the Small Charities Coalition, NCVO, the Central Council of Physical Recreation, the Churches Legislation Advisory Services, CFDG, the Association for Charitable Foundations, the Office for Civil Society and the Charity Commission will be working with the Payments Council throughout the series of workshops.