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Charities: Finance

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps his Department is taking to ensure that charities receive money donated through street fundraisers. (245035)

Effective public fundraising is important for the charity sector. Professional fundraisers are required to make a statement indicating that they are paid, when fundraising from members of the public. The Charities Act 2006 has strengthened this requirement, and professional fundraisers must now also state the amount of remuneration they receive in connection with an appeal. It also provides for a new licensing regime for public charitable collections and the Office of the Third Sector has announced plans to undertake independent research into the costs and benefits of implementing this regime.