MP questions whether parliament should ban face-to-face fundraising

Charlie Elphicke tells a meeting of the Public Administration Select Committee that the method is 'toxic to the charity brand'

Face-to-face fundraising
Face-to-face fundraising

An MP has questioned whether parliament should consider introducing a ban on "toxic" face-to-face fundraising.

Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover and Deal and a member of the Public Administration Select Committee, said at a meeting of the committee this morning that face-to-face fundraising was "one of the great infestations of modern life that lashes out at people in the street" and was "toxic to the charity brand".

"If parliament acted to stamp out this abuse and invasion of our personal space, would that be the right thing to do?" he asked witnesses, who were giving evidence as part of the committee’s inquiry into charitable regulation and the Charities Act 2006.

In response, Paul Hackett, director of the think tank the Smith Institute, told the committee that he would not be opposed to a ban on chugging, but that it might become "a populist issue that would distract from some of the more serious issues" facing the voluntary sector.

"I don’t think that it’s the worst thing you can say about charities, although personally I find it very annoying," he said.

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