August 6, 2015

Tougher rules introduced for street fundraisers

Several more local authorities have introduced tighter restrictions on charity fundraisers operating in their town centres.

In the latest case, Cheshire East Council imposed the new controls which limit when and where collectors can approach the public for donations.

The rules state that fundraisers must not pester customers, follow them in the street or stand near a shop doorway, cashpoint or pedestrian crossing.

They must also be sure that the person they approach is not under the influence of drink or drugs or unable to give consent due to a condition such as dementia.

The council said they were acting following numerous complaints from shoppers who felt they were being pestered and hoped that the new rules will protect people from “harassment.”

Such crackdowns have nonetheless drawn criticism from some areas of the third sector, who fear that a valuable source of revenue for charities is under attack.

For advice on charitable trusts, governance, compliance and trustees contact Tony Millson.

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