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Street fundraising to be regulated in city centre

Face-to-face fundraising only allowed three days a week

Published on February 17th 2011.

Street fundraising to be regulated in city centre

Manchester City Council has approved an agreement to regulate street fundraising in the city centre. CityCo, the city centre management company, has drafted the joint agreement in conjunction with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA), meaning that Manchester joins 39 other UK towns and cities in having some kind of street fundraising agreement.

The new agreement (is) a “breakthrough” which acknowledges charities’ legal right to fundraise on streets as well as the ensuring that Manchester city centre remains a pleasant place to work.

From Monday 28 February, face-to-face fundraising activity will only be able to take place in four dedicated zones. Fundraising will continue to be allowed at the bottom of Market Street under the canopy near Boots, at the Oldham Street end of Piccadilly Gardens, outside the main entrance to Manchester Arndale and next to the Manchester Wheel and in St Ann’s Square outside the Royal Exchange Theatre.

The agreement also sees the numbers of fundraisers permitted in these areas limited to five people in each zone and fundraising activity will only be allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday between 9am and 6pm. Street fundraising will no longer be allowed in evenings or at weekends.

There's even a dedicated reporting facility to monitor street fundraising activity. The public are invited to report any fundraisers who are seen to be breaking the agreement by emailing streetfundraising@cityco.com.

In additional to these new regulations, all fundraisers must abide by an established national code of professional conduct and members of the public who believe fundraisers aren’t doing so can contact the PFRA directly on 020 7401 8452 on through their website at www.pfra.org.uk.

Councillor Pat Karney, a spokesperson for MCC described the new agreement as a “breakthrough” which acknowledges charities’ legal right to fundraise on streets as well as the ensuring that Manchester city centre remains a pleasant place to work.

Face-to-face fundraising brings in about £10m a month for many charities, but Dr Toby Ganley, PFRA’s head of policy, said that “no-one should feel guilty about not stopping to talk to a fundraiser” and that the new agreement sees a balance between the rights of the public and of charities.

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Stuart BamberFebruary 17th 2011.

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