Council consults on house to house collections

Published Monday, 3rd June 2019
charity bags from doorstep collections
Charity bags from doorstep collections

Rotherham residents are being asked for their views on proposals to better regulate house-to-house “charity bag” collectors.

The Council’s Cabinet recently agreed recommendations to consult on door-to-door collections and organisations, including charities, are now being asked for their input. 
 
The proposals include better regulation of collectors, with a condition that a minimum 80 per cent of proceeds should be donated to charity, and following concerns about late evening collecting, residents are also being asked their views on limiting the times that collectors can call.
 
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 is intended to give clearer guidance to organisations wanting to carry out collections and peace of mind to householders wanting to make a donation to genuine charities.

The aim of the proposed policy is to ensure that charity bag collectors are properly authorised, that the collections do not cause a nuisance to the public, that donations are receipted and stored in a secure way, and that  the total proceeds are properly accounted for and forwarded to the appropriate charitable organisation. 
 
The proposed door-to-door collection policy would also cover collections made within places such as shops, offices and public houses where collectors go from premise to premise collecting money or other donations, and the proceeds of such collections are given to charity (for example, rose sellers in public houses and restaurants).
 
Public consultation begins on Monday 3 June and members of the public can give their views until Sunday 28 July.

View the consultation

The Council publishes a list of House to House Collectors that are already licensed and this can be viewed online:

View licensed collectors