New rules on fundraising at railway stations

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Charities need to be aware of new measures regulating fundraising in the London Underground and at many national railway stations.

Seven of the nation’s major rail and station operators - Abellio Greater Anglia, FirstGroup, London Overground, London Underground, Network Rail, Northern Rail and South West Trains - have joined forces with the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) to regulate fundraising on the rail network.

The new measures, which will affect fundraising in over 1,500 stations, include the introduction of a standardised application process for charities wishing to fundraise on their premises and closer monitoring of charity collections.

In order to fundraise at these stations, charities will need to:

  • complete a standardised application process, providing details of collectors and collections;
  • inform collectors of their obligation to maintain best practice standards for cash collections, as set out in the Institute of Fundraising’s Code of Fundraising Practice. This covers fundraiser conduct, requirements for collection materials and the security and prompt banking of the proceeds;
  • file their annual charity return information on time with the commission, and
  • indicate whether they are signed up to fundraising regulation as a member of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB). It will be a requirement at almost two-thirds of the stations, including all fundraising carried out in London Underground stations, that the charity is a member of the FRSB.

For further information, please click here to read the Charity Commission's press release.