Changing Lives boss Stephen Bell calls for ban on street fundraising

Street fundraising
Street fundraising

Stephen Bell, chief executive of the homelessness charity Changing Lives, has called for street fundraising to be banned because of what he calls its detrimental impact on the reputation of the charity sector. In an article in the Newcastle newspaper The Chronicle, Bell said charities should not tolerate professional street fundraising by their counterparts and only a select few volunteer collectors with local connections should be given licences to do so. "The public image of charities is being undermined and we must stop the rot," he wrote. "Good, decent charities that play fair have had enough. I would like to see chuggers banned from the high streets, with limited licences granted to collectors based on local connections or special merit. It is often difficult enough to engender empathy for our client group, without having the added challenge of having to overcome the reputational damage caused to the charity sector by the wayward antics of others."

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