Local Authorities - Site Management Agreements
In the absence of legislation applying to direct debit forms of fundraising, we work with local authorities and Business Improvement Districts (BIDS) to establish co-regulatory agreements. These Site Management Agreements (SMA) set controls on where and when fundraising can take place.
We make sure our members stick to the terms of the SMA through a programme of spot checks, mystery shopping and co-regulation with our council partners. Breaches of the conditions of the SMA attract penalty points under our penalties and sanctions regime.
Through these agreements, we are aiming to balance the duty of charities to ask the public for support with the right of the public not to be put under undue pressure to give.