Scheme wins city’s favour

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A VOLUNTARY scheme operating in Sheffield to restrict the number of street fundraisers collecting cash in the city centre is being followed by other places.

Sheffield Council has an agreement with the fundraising industry’s voluntary regulators to have a maximum number of collectors at any one time working on busy shopping streets such as Fargate and The Moor.

Steve Cooper, of Sheffield Council’s city centre management team, said: “At present there is no legislation to restrict street fundraisers.

“The voluntary agreement with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association does not give us any extra powers but it does help us to limit the number of people working on Fargate, The Moor and Barker’s Pool.

“It’s a fine balance between managing the numbers and helping charities.”

Manchester has become the latest council to make a similar agreement to Sheffield.