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Consultation on a draft charity collections policy

We are consulting on a draft charity collections policy. The draft policy details how we will regulate both charitable street collections of cash, and charitable collections of cash and goods from house to house.

The aims of the icon draft charity collections policy [555.77KB] are to ensure that:

  • charity collections are treated in a fair and consistent way and are well run and regulated

  • each application is considered on its merits

  • the public is not exposed to an excessive number of street collections

  • relevant objectives of our Corporate Business Plan are supported

  • the obligations of our Public Sector Equality duty, under the Equality Act 2010, section 149, are fulfilled by eliminating discrimination, harassment, victimisation and other conduct prohibited by the Act, advancing equality of opportunity and fostering good relations between persons who share, and those who do not share, protected characteristics

  • collections are for the public benefit and in line with a charitable purpose.

What the policy sets out

The policy sets out that we intend to limit the number of street collections to one collection per area, per day, in order to ensure that the public are not overexposed to requests for donations, and to ensure that charities are able to collect for their intended purpose.

The policy also sets out that for a house-to-house collection, we would expect that an appropriate percentage of the proceeds which should be donated to the charity is 80%, with no more than 20% of the value of the collection used to cover the costs of the collection, including any remuneration paid to collectors.

Have your say

As part of the consultation process, we are keen to hear your views on the proposed draft policy. 

Any comments can be sent in writing to: The Licensing Team, Guildford Borough Council, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 4BB; or emailed to licensing@guildford.gov.uk


The consultation closes on 22 April 2018.

Our Licensing Committee will consider the results of the consultation on 30 May 2018.