In light of the PSPO that was agreed on Tuesday night by Newport City Council which includes a ban on ‘begging within 10 m of a cashpoint.
We agree that people should be able to enjoy the City Centre without feeling intimidated into giving money to people. However, although we are of the view that something needs to be done to stop aggressive begging we feel this isn’t the solution.
Homelessness and begging is on the increase in Newport which we acknowledge is a community problem. There are, however, charities working on the ground in Newport that work directly with people that are sleeping rough to help tackle this. We are of the view, alongside The Wallich, that the 10 m ban further stigmatises rough sleepers, increases exclusion and will push the people we support into further poverty and isolation.
We hope the kind-hearted people of Newport will continue their generosity towards the local homeless community by supporting the new Street Support initiative in Newport – a partnership between The Wallich, Eden Gate and Newport Now. Street support ‘a fund for Newport’ has been set up to support people off the streets and into safety. For more information, please click the link for the recent South Wales Argus press release detailing this (http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/16340763.more-details-about-innovative-homelessness-scheme-are-revealed).
Despite the PSPO decision Eden Gate will continue to work alongside front line services to help get people off the streets and into fixed accommodation.