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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Press Release - 4th October 2017

Door to Door Charity Collections

In Scotland, the collection of Direct Debit promises is not currently covered by Charity licensing rules. Therefor a door to door collection for direct debit does not require to have a licence from CNES.

The Institute of Fundraising, which includes membership of the majority of larger charities, have issued specific guidance for door to door fundraising .
Their guidance states that “No Uninvited salespeople “signage does not give a clear indication that fundraisers should not approach.

However the guidance further states that the display of “ No Uninvited Salespeople” stickers should give fundraisers a clear signal that any approach should be made with caution and sensitivity.

The guidance also states that collectors must when asked to do so, terminate their approach in a polite manner and must be courteous at all times.
Consumers should contact Police Scotland on 101 if they are worried about collectors coming to their door.


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Nigel Scott
Communications Officer
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

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