As reported in the Barnsley Chronicle, Michael has warned people in Barnsley who give unwanted goods on their doorstep to charitable causes to take care in ensuring that the goods reach genuine charity beneficiaries.
Bogus charity bag collections hitting residents’ doorsteps are costing UK charities up to £50 million a year and public complaints reported to the Fundraising Standards Board about the issue have increased by 100% in the last 12 months.
Commenting, Michael Dugher said:
“I have been in contact with the Fundraising Standards Board and I am aware that the number of bogus operators collecting goods and giving the false impression that they are being sold for charitable causes is increasing. Not only is it a crime, but charities are losing out on millions of lost income. Charity collections of household goods are an important way of generating vital funding for good causes, but we need to make sure that people in Barnsley can give with confidence. When donating, I encourage people to be cautious and look at the advice on the Fundraising Standards Board’s website - www.givewithconfidence.org.uk.”