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Council rethink on poppy collection

A council has reversed a decision banning the Royal British Legion from holding poppy collections in parts of a city centre in the run-up to Remembrance Sunday.

Birmingham City Council had denied the charity access to a collection slot in November under new rules surrounding charity collections.

However, the Anthony Nolan Trust and Shelter have both relinquished their requests for November 11 and 12, so the Royal British Legion will now be able to collect across the entire city on both days, the council said.

The Royal British Legion said it would have lost a huge amount of money from donations had the decision not been overturned.

The Poppy Appeal officially starts a week before Remembrance Sunday, which falls on November 13 this year, and the charity was not allowed on New Street and High Street on November 11 and 12, but was permitted to collect in other areas of the city.

A spokesman for the Anthony Nolan Trust said the charity had withdrawn its application to fundraise because it was not aware that other charities would be prevented from collecting at the same time.

He added: "We have withdrawn the licence to fundraise in Birmingham on November 12 and have asked that Birmingham City Council now allocate this date to the Royal British Legion."

Following the requests by the Anthony Nolan Trust and Shelter, the council said it would offer the days to the Royal British Legion.

A spokeswoman said: "The council is now able to offer these additional times and slots to the Royal British Legion, meaning they will be able to collect across the entire city on both days.

The Royal British Legion did not submit an application by the deadline of November the previous year and first approached the council in May 2011, when it was advised of all dates and locations still available, the spokeswoman said.

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