Nearly 90% of councils would recommend street fundraising agreements

A survey by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association of 100 licensing offices and town centre managers finds that 86 per cent would recommend site-management arrangements

Street fundraising
Street fundraising

Almost nine out of 10 council licensing offices and town centre managers who responded to a study by the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association said they supported the use of street fundraising agreements.

The survey of more than 100 licensing officers and town centre managers found that 86 per cent would recommend site-management agreements to other councils, and 79 per cent said they felt their partnership with the PFRA  had been successful in regulating street fundraising and was already delivering results.

In areas with site-management agreements in place, 58 per cent of councils reported that the number of complaints related to street fundraising had fallen since they were introduced.

The PFRA has 101 site-management agreements with councils and business improvement districts, according to its website.

Peter Hills-Jones, chief executive of the PFRA, said in a statement: "The results of our survey show that councils and business improvement districts believe these partnership agreements are an effective way to control street fundraising, but in a fair and balanced way. Councils trust us to deliver a regulatory system that benefits local people, and at no cost to the taxpayer.

"Lord Hodgson challenged charities in 2012 to demonstrate they can self-regulate their fundraising activity effectively, without the need for legal reform. While we cannot be complacent, the latest data from councils shows that we are on track to meet this objective."

Andy Hillier

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