Fundraising: Council upbraids street collectors

A local authority has pledged to tackle face-to-face fundraisers, who it claims are becoming a nuisance to shoppers.

Norwich City Council is investigating whether bylaws can be altered after councillor Christine Rumsby said many shoppers felt intimidated by the collectors.

Councillors are annoyed that collectors do not need a licence to sign people up for a direct debit donation and say delays to the Charities Bill, which could tighten the rules, have forced them to look at the issue.

The council is now working with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association to regulate the collectors while ensuring that charities have access to fundraising sites.

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