The Government’s new clothing donation ban is on the cards after it was announced on Monday night.
But it is not without some concern.
While the Government has made good on its promise to introduce a ban on the use of personal donation bins and said it would consider “progressive changes” to the law to make it more transparent, many in the community fear it will also make it easier for the police to catch people with the wrong clothes.
What is clothing donations?
The Government has announced a new $20,000 clothing donation scheme.
The new scheme will see donors receive free items from companies in their area.
However, some people who are donating personal items, are not being given the items they were due to receive, and they are still being fined for not donating their items.
“If you’re a clothing donor and you get a refund for a personal item, you’re still paying $20 for that item,” Dr Nicky O’Brien from the Salvation Army said.
“I think there are some people out there who are still paying a lot of money, and that’s a bit unfair.”
The Government also said it was reviewing how charities work with the police, and had started discussions with the community.
“It’s very important that the community understands how this new policy works,” Acting Chief Inspector Jason Leach said.”[But] it’s also important that people understand the impact this new regime is having on the way charities operate and how they will work with other charities in the future.”
What you need to know about the new clothing donations policy:What you can do to help:The Government said it wanted to make sure people understood what items were allowed in the donation bins, and how much they could receive.
“The Government is making the changes necessary to make the new policy as transparent and fair as possible,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Lewis said.
However he said there was still a long way to go.
“This Government will not accept that any charity, no matter how small or how well-run, will be able to operate and work effectively without the community’s support,” he said.
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