ASB reduction charity in Manchester which has published some interesting typical questions and answers people ask about ASB / begging:
“Be honest, you just want them off the streets because of the City’s image?”
We want them off the streets for their individual benefit. The amount of drugs and alcohol taken is an extremely serious threat to their health and ultimately their life. And lets not forget what happens to the money that is spent on drugs, it goes into the pockets of serious criminals and funds more misery all over the world.
Begging in the City Centre is the second most reported form of anti social behaviour and has been increasing for at least the last five years. Research commissioned by the Home Office found that 54 per cent of the public choose not to use a cash point if there is someone begging next to it. These are reasonable fears that individual members of the public experience.