Can we really say that giving money to people begging makes their problems worse?


Tales from the Conspiratum

Image result for povertyNottingham City Council are in trouble over a series of anti-begging posters – it’s important to know if their claims stack up.

Source: Can we really say that giving money to people begging makes their problems worse?

theconversation.com

Oct 6, 2016

A council in England was recently reprimanded for running an advertising campaign against begging. In a series of posters displayed throughout Nottingham, the city council claimed that “beggars aren’t what they seem”, that begging “funds the misuse of drugs” and that money given to beggars would go “down the drain” or “up in smoke”.

The UK Advertising Standard Authority (ASA) upheld complaints about Nottingham City Council’s campaign, saying that it reinforced negative stereotypes against vulnerable people, and portrayed all beggars as “disingenuous and undeserving” people who would use direct donations irresponsibly. The council was ordered not to display the ads in their current form again, and to avoid using…

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