Direct debit collections warning
Direct Debit collections in the street are NOT normally controlled by charity collection requirements, and as such are not regulated or authorised by the Council. Many collections of this kind are run by private companies on behalf of charities - who may see very little of the amounts raised - and occasionally collectors may pressurise shoppers or individuals to disclose personal information. Giving bank details or other personal information to strangers in the street is not recommended, and standing orders should be signed in a reputable business premises or at home where people can make reasoned decisions in a non-threatening environment. Also persons wishing to donate by this method may wish to contact the relevant charity direct in order to set up a regular donation.
It should be noted that there are bogus collectors that operate up and down the Country for commercial or private gain purposes, taking advantage of the public's generosity. The public should be alert to misleading or dubious collection requests or advertising. Bona fide licensed collectors will display an identification badge and file accounts to the Local Authority or Charity Commission. Recently there has been a spate of commercial clothing collectors claiming to be collecting for charitable purposes, when in fact hardly any proceeds have been going to charity (or in one case the charity had been struck off).
If you are in any doubt, save your donation for a licensed charity collection (which can be verified by the Licensing Team), local charity shops, or by contacting the relevant charity direct. Legitimate clothing collectors, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital or PDSA, will very often leave their own identified collection sacks.