House-to-House Collections Regulations 1947 (as amended)
House-to-House Collections Act 1939
The above act and the regulations made there under contain important provisions the regulation of house to house collections for charitable purposes, and prescribe fines and/or imprisonment for offences against the act or the regulations.
Except in the cases specified in paragraphs 2 and 4: -
No collection in any locality for a charitable purpose may be made unless the promoter is licensed by the licensing authority for the area comprising that locality, and the collectors are authorised by the promoter.
Application for a licence must be made in the prescribed manner. The licensing authority cannot grant a licence for a period longer than twelve months and may refuse a licence, or where granted, may revoke it, in circumstances specified in the act.
There is a right of appeal to the Secretary of State against the refusal or the revocation of a licence, within fourteen days from the date of which notice is given of the refusal or the revocation.
Where the Secretary of State is satisfied that a person pursues a charitable purpose throughout the whole, or a substantial part of England and Wales, and is desirous of promoting collections for that purpose, the Secretary of State may by order direct, in effect, that such person shall be exempt from the requirement to obtain licences from the licensing authority as respects all collections for that purpose in such localities as may be described in the order.
If the Chief Constable for the police area comprising a locality in which a collection for a charitable purpose is being, or proposed to be, made is satisfied that the purpose is local in character, and that the collection is likely to be completed within a short period, he may grant to the person who appears to him to be principally concerned in the promotion of the collection a certificate in the prescribed form; and where a certificate is so granted, a licence from the licensing authority is not required, and provisions of the regulations (as to which see paragraph 5 below) shall apply to a collection made in conformity with such certificates.
Regulations have been made by the Secretary of State under the act. The regulations include the following, amongst other provisions –
Every promotor of a collection must exercise all due diligence to secure that persons authorised to act as collectors are fit and proper persons; and to secure compliance by collectors with the regulation.
No promoter of a collection shall permit any person to act as a collector unless he has issued to that person –
(i) a prescribed certificate of authority;
(ii) a prescribed badge and
(iii) if money is to be collected, a collecting box marked, or a receipt book (with receipts and counterfoils or duplicates consecutively numbered) marked on every receipt, with a general indication of the purpose of the collection, and a distinguishing number.
In the case of a collection in respect of which a licence has been granted, every prescribed certificate of authority shall be given on a form obtained from H.M. Stationery Office, and every prescribed badge shall be so obtained.
No person under the age of 16 years, shall act or be authorised to act as a collector of money.
The promoter of a collection must furnish an account of the collection in the form prescribed to the licensing authority or the Secretary of State, as the case may be.
"Charitable purpose" means any charitable, benevolent, or philanthropic purpose.
"Collection" means an appeal to the public, made by means of visits from house to house, to give, whether for consideration or not, money or other property; and "collector" means a person who makes the appeal in the course of such visits.
"House" means, in relation to a collection, all money and other property given, whether for consideration or not, in response to the appeal.
"Promoter" means a person who causes others to act as collectors for the purpose of the collection.
For further information, reference should be made to the Act and Regulations which are obtainable from
Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Their agents in this matter are The Stationary Office Ltd., Customer
Service Department, PO Box 29, Duke Street. Norwich NR3 1 GN.
Enquiries in connection with these matters may also be addressed to the Principal Licensing Officer,
Licensing Section, Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford M26 5DA.
For guidance completing the form or further copies of the form please see www.salford.gov.uk/housecollections or contact us at the address below.
Turnpike House. 631 Eccles New Road, Salford M50.1SW
Telephone:- 0161 920 8420
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