Nottingham city centre charity collectors limited

Charity fundraisers (generic) Charity fundraisers can now work in controlled zones for three days a week

Rules on charity fundraising in Nottingham city centre have been tightened up, the city council said.

Charity collectors, known as "chuggers", had been allowed to work for five days a week in controlled zones but it has now been cut to three.

The council said it wanted to support charities but also respected the needs of shoppers.

The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) said the city had got the balance right.

'Moral dilemma'

Richard Ancliff, the city council's head of neighbourhood enforcement, said: "What we do use is a permit scheme and we work with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association and restrict some of the charity workers we have in the city.

"It's a real moral dilemma for the city council - on one hand we want to support charities for the work they do but equally we understand that it can spoil the customer experience of people coming into the city."

Fundraisers stop people on the street and ask them to sign up to give to a charity via direct debit.

The PFRA is a self-regulatory body for charities fundraising in this way.

Mick Aldridge, the CEO of the PFRA, said: "Nottingham's got the balance right and the template of the Nottingham agreement is respected and it's taken as a beacon for this sort of arrangement throughout the UK."

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