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Rail companies join forces to champion safer giving

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Staff writer ▼ | October 14, 2014
Seven of the UK's major rail and station operators have joined forces with charity regulators; the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), to champion safer giving across England and Wales's rail network.
Abellio Greater Anglia
Join forces   For greater clarity and consistency
Together, Abellio Greater Anglia, FirstGroup, London Overground, London Underground, Network Rail, Northern Rail and South West Trains manage more than 1,000 stations, which host charity collections that raise millions of pounds for good causes each year. These companies have come together to commit to safer giving measures in their stations.

The new measures include the introduction of a standardised application process for charities wishing to fundraise on their premises and closer monitoring of charity collections. This application process will ensure greater clarity and consistency amongst rail operators of the key checks they need to make when giving permission to charities who wish to collect at their stations.

The rail and station operators are also working closely with the British Transport Police to ensure that any suspicious activity is promptly reported and investigated.

The aim of the initiative is to minimise the scope for fraudulent collections at stations, strengthen public confidence in charitable giving and to help preserve this important income stream.

British Transport Police Chief Superintendent Paul Brogden of the B Division welcomes the new measures, saying: "These safer giving measures are an important step forward to help minimise fraud, protect the public and deter the long term risk of reputational damage to charities."