Mancs ban weekend ‘chugging’

Face-to-fundraisers have been banned from the streets of Manchester for four days a week – including weekends – after a new deal between city chiefs and the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association.
The move follows a raft of consumer complaints about harassment from charity fundraisers, so-called “chuggers”. The agreement sets out four zones in the city where face-to-face fundraisers can operate and only five fundraisers will be allowed in each zone.
Charities will have to apply to the PFRA to bid for pitches, and be able to fundraise only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 9am and 6pm.
The agreement was drafted by city centre management company CityCo and the PFRA, before being approved by Manchester City Council. The city has also become the first of 40 UK towns and cities with street fundraising agreements to set up a dedicated reporting centre, where people will be able to report any fundraisers who break the rules.
Labour councillor Pat Karney, the council’s city centre spokesman, said: “We know there was a lot of debate about this issue last year and we have worked hard to address it.
“It’s important that Manchester city centre remains a pleasant place to work, live and visit, but we also recognise that charities have the legal right to fundraise on our streets.”

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