Public Fundraising Regulatory Association raises its targets for agreements on face-to-face

Chief executive Sally de la Bedoyere says its new agreement with the Local Government Association will open up dialogue with local authorities

Sally de la Bedoyere
Sally de la Bedoyere

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association hopes that its new agreement with the Local Government Association will lead to 100 site-management agreements by the end of next year.

Sally de la Bedoyere, chief executive of the PFRA, told Third Sector that her organisation wanted to enter dialogue with as many as 200 councils by the end of 2015 and put more site-management agreements in place before then.

The PFRA has 52 site-management agreements, which set out where street fundraising can take place, the number of fundraisers allowed and the hours and days when collections can place. Sixteen more are being negotiated. It plans to have 100 site-management agreements in place by the end of next year.

She said the PFRA was in the process of hiring an extra member of staff to add to the team that works with councils to negotiate SMAs.

On Wednesday, the PFRA and the LGA launched their new joint agreement, Making the Pledge, which they hope wil improve standards of street fundraising through voluntary agreements between councils and the PFRA.

De la Bedoyere said there were about 200 local authorities where the PFRA should be working. "There are councils where it will be difficult," she said. "Birmingham and Newcastle have said they are looking at the by-law route. But I want to open those conversations. Now we’ve got Lord Hodgson and the LGA backing our SMAs, I think it will really help our outreach work."

Mehboob Khan, the leader of Kirklees Council and chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, which led work on the agreement for the LGA, said there was a real willingness from all parties to resolve problems with street fundraising.

"At a local level I hope concerns about health and safety and the nuisance caused by chuggers will be addressed," he said.

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