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Article date - 21 March 2019
St Helens Council’s licensing and environmental protection committee approved the plans to assess the impact of street collections. This will then lead to a new policy that will help to regulate street collectors in the future.
Charities must get a permit before they can start a street collection but certain organisations can currently do this without a permit as they do not actually collect cash on the day.
Proposals being put forward will make it easier to manage street collections and also give the opportunity to allow smaller fundraising groups that might not have charitable status to also hold collections in the future.
Councillor Jeanie Bell, licensing and environmental protection committee chairman, said: “We know that the people of St Helens are very generous and want to do all they can to help good causes which we absolutely commend and support.
“But businesses and shoppers alike have told us of their frustrations with a small number of these street collectors who may not be quite the charity campaigners they might appear when selling things like wristbands for charities that do not then receive the money. By creating a policy fit for purpose it will help us to take action when it is needed and help to create a town centre environment more welcoming for visitors.”
The public consultation will launch later in the year.