Liverpool imposes tough restrictions on chuggers

From 1 April, face-to-face fundraising will be limited to three days a week at two locations only

Restrictions for chuggers in Liverpool
Restrictions for chuggers in Liverpool

Liverpool has become the latest city to introduce tougher limits on face-to-face fundraising.

At present one charity a day is allowed to fundraise on three different sites in the city, seven days a week.

Under a new system from 1 April, it will be limited to three days a week and only two locations will be available.

The change has been agreed by Liverpool City Council and the City Central Business Improvement District. A statement from the City Central BID said it would introduce a "two strikes and you're out" complaints procedure, run by the council and the City Central BID.

No further details on the nature of this procedure were available. Similar agreements, without the two strikes rule, would usually be run by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.

Ged Gibbons, chief executive of the City Central BID, which undertook a six-month review of face-to-face fundraising in the city, said feedback showed the current system did not work.

"It doesn't work for the public, who have told us they are tired of being approached on a daily basis, it doesn't work for our businesses, as the sheer volume of collections put off the public visiting their street, and clearly it doesn't work for the charities when they're being viewed as a nuisance," he said.

A spokesman for the PFRA said the plans were excessive. "It's too restrictive," he said. "To take it to this level is going to harm the amount of fundraising charities can do in the area."

He added that if Liverpool wanted to have a new system in place by 1 April, it still had plenty of time to negotiate a site-management agreement with the PFRA that was not so restrictive.

The move in Liverpool follows the recent decision in Manchester to draw up an agreement with the PFRA to limit the number of days that face-to-face fundraising could be carried out in the city to three a week.

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