Door-to-door charity collections to be better regulated under new plans

24th October 2018

Rogue “charity bag” collectors, who divert donations away from genuine good causes, could be tackled under new proposals from Rotherham Council.

The Council’s Cabinet yesterday (Monday) agreed a new report on door-to-door collections and organisations, including charities, will now be consulted on the proposals. The proposals include better regulation of collectors, with a condition that a minimum 80 per cent of proceeds should be donated to charity.

Although a number of genuine charities use collection bags, some clothing collectors claim to be helping good causes, but only provide a very small return to charities, with the majority of funds going to collectors and promoters.

Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, said: “We hope that by adopting a formal policy in relation to doorstep collections – for example charity bags for clothing donations – residents can have more confidence that any donations they make are genuinely going to a good cause.”

If adopted, the new policy would give clearer guidance to organisations wanting to carry out collections and peace of mind to householders wanting to make a donation to genuine charities.

Public consultation will take place from November 2018.