PFRA and Local Government Association to launch voluntary joint code for street fundraisers

Sally de la Bedoyere, chief executive of the fundraising regulator, says she hopes the agreement, to be unveiled next week, will curb complaints about over-zealous fundraisers

Sally de la Bedoyere
Sally de la Bedoyere

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association and the Local Government Association have jointly agreed a new code of conduct for street fundraisers, to be unveiled next week.

Speaking to delegates at the Westminster Social Policy Forum in London yesterday, Sally de la Bedoyere, chief executive of the PFRA, said her organisation was working on a closer relationship with local government.

"We have an agreement with the LGA that we’re announcing next week," she said. 

After the event, a spokesman for the LGA told Third Sector: "The LGA has been working with the PFRA drawing up a template for a voluntary code of conduct that councils can sign up to with charities in their areas.

"It will include various rules on best practice in terms of street fundraising, to curb the complaints about over-zealous fundraisers that councils have had in the past."

The template is due to be published on 28 November.

The PFRA has 52 site-management agreements in place with local authorities, and 16 in negotiation, which set out conditions of access for face-to-face fundraising such as team size, frequency and site locations. Its plan is to have 100 agreements in place by the end of 2013, de la Bedoyere told the conference.

It is hoped the new template will make it easier for councils to reach such agreements.

"Rather than starting from scratch, it becomes a lot easier to quickly draw something up using the template," the LGA spokesman said. "Obviously it is important that the charities and the council will be able to decide what it best for their area."

At the Westminster event, De la Bedoyere also said that she hoped to have a single licensing rule covering all public collections.

"There’s nothing in licensing law that covers all types of public collections – doorstep, face-to-face, clothing and textiles. It’s a mess for local authorities and it’s difficult for charities. That is something we hope to play a much larger role in."

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