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Stop Charity Bag Collection Crime

charity collection enforcement toolkitMinister welcomes new toolkit introduced by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) to help trading standards professionals tackle charity bag crime.

Speaking at the Charity Clothes Collection Symposium, organised by the Fundraising Standards Board and the Institute of Fundraising, on 14 September, Minister for Civil society Nick Hurd said:

“Charity collection crime is an issue that matters to the Government; we want to encourage people to give more with confidence and we what we don’t want is activities that undermine that.   More regulation is not the key to success here – we can crack this by everyone working together and I’m pleased to see the progress achieved already.  
“As part of that I welcome the Trading Standards Institute’s new toolkit, which is a very good piece of work.”

TSI’s operations director Andy Foster launched the toolkit at the event.
He said: “The Enforcement Toolkit is also about confidence; giving trading standards officers confidence and reassurance that this is an area in which they can successfully take action .  We hope this handy guide into an area where the law can be complex and is untested will encourage greater enforcement.”

Access to the toolkit is for members only. Please log in and then go to the Our polices, Strengthening community safety, and click on Enforcement Toolkit.

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L-R:Melanie Carter (Partner, Bates, Wells & Braithwaite LLP), Louise Richards (Director of Policy and Campaigns, Institute of Fundraising),Nick Hurd (Minister for Civil Society), Nigel Jones QC (Hardwicke Chambers), Alistair McLean (Chief Executive, Fundraising Standards Board, Andy Foster (Operations Director, Trading Standards Institute)