Scottish government to update street fundraising regulation

There will be a consultation on its plans later in the year, says community safety minister Fergus Ewing

Scottish parliament
Scottish parliament

The Scottish government is planning to draw up a new scheme to regulate street fundraising and consult on it by the end of this year.

George Foulkes, Labour MSP for the Lothians, lodged a parliamentary motion four weeks ago calling for tougher regulation of face-to-face fundraisers in Scotland.

Fergus Ewing, the Minister for Community Safety, responded last week that the Scottish government was developing a new scheme for regulating public benevolent collections and intended to consult widely on this later in 2011.

Public charitable collections are regulated by the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, and the Public Charitable Collections (Scotland) Regulations 1984.

A spokesman for the government told Third Sector the scheme would aim to address developments that have taken place in fundraising since the legislation. 

He said the legislation would affect both face-to-face fundraisers with clipboards and people with tins.

"Things like direct debit donations will be taken into account as the regime was drawn up before that existed," said the spokesman.

 


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