Don’t Give Money To Beggars At Christmas Say Bastards Who Run Homelessness Charities

Mr Void here presents the case that the homeless charities are trying to dissuade people from giving money directly to beggars on the streets, not because they are genuinely afraid that they will use the money to buy booze or drugs, but simply because the charities themselves want to be the only recipients of charitable giving and are trying to remove them as awkward competition. This is all too believable. Mr Void himself has pointed out the massive salaries enjoyed by the chief executives of these charities.

He also mentions that Bath is particularly keen to discourage begging as this threatens to damage the town socially and economically. This is no doubt why other towns, like Bristol, have also adopted the same policy. A few years ago there was an item on the local BBC news, Points West, in which someone from the local authority or a homeless charity warned Bristolians against giving to beggars. This was accompanied by a poster campaign. Johnny Void also reported a little while ago that in London, at least, legislation had been passed to clear the beggars out of the centres of the borough. This gave the illusion that the capital didn’t have a homeless problem, while in fact the number of homeless people had grown.
As for Bath being an easy city to beg in, I honestly don’t know about that. When I worked there in the 1990s, the town did have a sizable crustie population, and it was supposedly on one of the routes used by the New Age travellers as they moved to and from Glastonbury. You would see crowds of them gathered by Marchant’s Passage, a shopping mall, just by the bus station. The town does have a sizable and submerged underclass, in contrast to its image as a town populated entirely by well-heeled Jane Austen aficionados. This underclass is unusual in that, unlike in other cities, it exists cheek by jowl with the rich and affluent, and so both ends of the economic spectrum are on glaring display.

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Nasty posters like these have become a regular feature in some cities in over the Christmas period. Nasty posters like these have become a regular feature in some cities in over the Christmas period.

Homelessness charities in two cities have decided to spread some Christmas love by urging people not to give money to homeless beggars in the cold Winter months.

A campaign spearheaded by Liverpool Council, with the backing of some local charities and the police, warns that “Your Kindness Could Kill” because many homeless people spend all their money on drugs or alcohol.  Elsewhere in Bath the message is more explicit, warning that the city has a reputation for being “easy to beg in” which could harm the town “socially and economically”.

These nasty campaigns began in 2003 when several London charities including Thamesreach and St Mungos teamed up with Tory Westminster Council to produce posters warning that beggars spend all their money drugs.  The message from the charities was clear, give the…

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