Increase in value of fines levied by the PFRA last year

The Public Fundraising Association handed out charges totalling £58,420 to charities and fundraising companies in 2015/16

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Charities and fundraising companies paid £58,420 in fines to the Public Fundraising Association in 2015/16, an increase of £22,000 on the previous year.

In the year to 1 April, the PFRA fined 14 private firms and charities for breaching the regulator’s rules on street fundraising.

The total is a large increase on 2014/15, when fines totalling about £36,000 were issued, but is significantly below the £70,000 in fines that were handed out in 2013/14.

One company was fined £12,290 in 2015/16 for 130 breaches of PFRA rules, the PFRA confirmed.

The PFRA has declined to name any of the companies and charities fined.

Employers and contractors of fundraisers accrue penalty points for breaking PFRA rules for street and door-to-door fundraisers, with each point equivalent to a £1 fine.

A bill is issued once an organisation has 1,000 points or more.

Each PFRA rule carries a penalty of 20, 50, 100 or 200 points if broken.  

A PFRA spokesman said: "The system of working with councils and fundraisers to ensure well-managed street fundraising in our town and city centres is proving successful.

"Since 2013 the proportion of our members incurring penalties has fallen from 72 per cent to 48 per cent. There are now more than 100 site-management agreements in place and more than 85 per cent of local authorities surveyed would recommend an SMA to other councils."

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