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Safer Giving to worthwhile causes

As part of a London-wide crackdown on extremist groups that mislead people into donating to seemingly worthwhile causes, Waltham Forest Council is taking part in a new campaign called Safer Giving.

Backed by the Metropolitan Police and the Charity Commission, Safer Giving will see 19 London boroughs help people across the capital understand how they can check that any charitable donations they make are for legitimate causes.

On Wednesday 19 March, Council and police officers will be at the following locations across the borough throughout the day; The Mall and Walthamstow High Street; Leyton High Road and Leyton Mills; Hoe Street; Leytonstone High Street; and Chingford Mount ,to tell residents how they can check the causes they support are legal.

Across London, the 19 Councils are aiming to reach 1 million Londoners with the message that with a few simple checks, people can make sure they are supporting charity, not crime.

Cllr Liaquat Ali MBE JP, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We want to stop bogus charities from misleading residents and diverting their hard earned cash away from good causes and into extremist activities.

“It’s criminal to think that people with good intentions of supporting worthwhile causes could be funding illegal activity without even knowing.”

Guidance about the checks people can make before they donate, including checking whether an organisation is signed up to the Fundraising Standards Board, can be found on the Charity Commission website: www.charitycommission.gov.uk

Anyone with any concerns about an organisation’s legitimacy, can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk

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