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Charities: Fraud

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps her Department has taken to stop the activities of bogus charity collectors. (307612)

The issue of bogus charity collectors is something this Government take very seriously. While enforcement action is a matter for the police and local authorities, we co-ordinated a Give With Care campaign through the Office of the Third Sector to increase awareness of bogus clothing collections in 2007, and we are planning a further campaign in the near future. In addition we funded the start up of the Fundraising Standards Board and work closely with them to promote responsible fundraising practice.