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Boris slammed by homelessness charity

November 2nd 2010

A leading homelessness charity has criticised Boris Johnson, mayor of London, for giving money to a man begging in Leicester Square last month.

Since 2003, charity Thames Reach has been warning the public that giving change to beggars often helps to fuel drug or alcohol addiction. Its chief executive, Jeremy Swain, warns that "money contributed by caring members of the public to people begging is, invariably, spent on heroin and crack cocaine, causing ill health, misery and sometimes death." Responding to the mayor's well-meaning gesture, Mr Swain sarcastically blogged that Boris might as well "give money straight to his local drug dealer and cut out the middle wo/man."

While Thames Reach has applauded the mayor's commitment to end rough sleeping in the capital by 2012, the charity remains adamant about its begging policy. The message is clear: give to homelessness charities rather than to people begging on the streets.


November 2010



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Over 1,800 convicted under Vagrancy Act

Estimates of ex-service homelessness exaggerated, claims charity

Gone, but not forgotten

A thousand cuts

Boris slammed by homelessness charity

Big Society event

Sleep outs spark debate

Homeless charities gear up for cuts

Children held for fire attack on homeless man in Jamaica

Housing associations treble surpluses

Homeless hate crime passed in Florida

Homeless tours of London

Punks party for the homeless

In from the cold

Ex-homeless Mr England

Housing benefit help

Council strategy restricts emergency beds

First new council homes in a generation

Evictions fall by a third

New changes to housing law

Churches charity urges government to meet housing targets

World Aids Day - 1 December

Could cuts see the return of hostels?

Street Shield 18: A mystery to solve


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