Chugging in Manchester restricted to three days a week

PFRA agreement with city centre bosses means no street fundraising at the weekends

Restrictions for chuggers in Manchester
Restrictions for chuggers in Manchester

Charities will be able to fundraise on the streets of Manchester for only three days a week, and not at weekends, after city centre bosses and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association signed a new agreement.

The document, which was drafted by CityCo, the city centre management company, and the PFRA, has been approved by Manchester City Council. From 28 February, charities will be able fundraise only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 9am and 6pm.

The agreement sets out four zones in the city where face-to-face fundraising can take place and says only five fundraisers will be allowed in each zone. Charities will have to apply to the PFRA to bid for pitches.

The city has also become the first of 40 UK towns and cities with street fundraising agreements to set up a dedicated reporting centre, where people will be able to report any fundraisers who break the rules.

A spokesman for the PFRA said the reporting centre was a useful regulatory tool but that it could be a problem if people used it only to tell the council they did not like chuggers.

He said that only one PFRA member had fundraised in Manchester on a Saturday so far, so the agreement was the best outcome for its members.

City centre bosses had considered setting up their own code of conduct for this type of fundraising amid complaints from local people that they felt harassed by street fundraisers.

Labour councillor Pat Karney, the council’s city centre spokesman, said: "We know there was a lot of debate about this issue last year and we have worked hard to address it.

"It’s important that Manchester city centre remains a pleasant place to work, live and visit, but we also recognise that charities have the legal right to fundraise on our streets."

Both the council and CityCo declined to comment on the decision to ban street fundraising in Manchester at the weekends.

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