Charity shop code goes mandatory

The Association of Charity Shops will make its Code of Charity Retailing mandatory for members from April.

The code, which is voluntary at present, covers activities such as house-to-house collection of goods and the operation of recycling banks. It was introduced in 2005 to promote best practice.

Lekha Klouda, director of the association, said: "By moving to a mandatory code in 2008 we are making clear the importance the sector places on maintaining and improving standards."

Ken Blair, chief executive of British Heart Foundation Shops, said: "This will strengthen the sector."

Megan Pacey, director of policy and campaigns at the Institute of Fundraising, said: "In future there may be an institute requirement for something that covers trade and retail more generally that isn't done through charity shops."

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