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Welfare Reform on the Web - January 2001: Homelessness - UK

ACADEMICS DECRY POLICY OF SPURNING BEGGARS

N. Timmins

Financial Times, Oct. 31st 2000, p. 4

Leading academics have attacked the government's planned advertising campaign telling people not to give money to beggars. The policy will only force those with drug or alcohol problems to turn to crime or prostitution.

(See also Independent, Oct 31st 2000, p. 6

BEGGARS MAKE US CHOOSERS

H. Williams

Guardian, Oct. 12th 2000, p. 19

Criticises the Rough Sleeper's Unit campaign to discourage the public form giving cash to beggars. It is mean-spirited, intrusive and reveals intolerance.

BROTHER SPARE THE DIME

L. Casey

Guardian, Oct. 10th 2000, p.10

Argues that people wishing to help the homeless should give time, goods or money to a charity offering long-term solutions to their problems rather that giving cash to beggars.

DON'T GIVE CASH TO STREET BEGGARS, PUBLIC URGED

P. Wintour

Guardian, Oct. 9th 2000, p. 7

Reports that the government is to spend 250,000 on a pre-Christmas advertising campaign urging the public not to give cash to beggars. This is part of a drive to encourage the homeless into hostels rather than surviving on the streets.

(See also Independent, Oct. 9th 2000, p. 9)

SHELTER ATTACKS ANTI-BEGGING CAMPAIGN

J. Vasagar

Guardian, Nov. 6th 2000, p. 9

Shelter has joined leading academics in criticising the government's campaign urging the public not to give to beggars. Shelter argues that the campaign will lead to increased public hostility to the homeless, and may force them into serious crime to survive.

TIME TO ACT

D. Gilliver

Housing, Oct. 2000, p. 16-19

Glenda Jackson explains how the Greater London Authority can act strategically to tackle the problem of homelessness. Also express faith in the efficiency of multi-agency working.

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