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10 August 2015
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has today (Monday 10 August) launched a hard hitting campaign asking visitors and residents not to give money to beggars.
Many of those begging use the money to fund their drug and alcohol habits rather than use it to buy food or to access accommodation. Only a small minority of the most prolific beggars in Kensington and Chelsea are actually homeless. Most have accommodation available to them either within the borough or elsewhere in London.
If someone is homeless the Council’s outreach team can identify options available to them. This can include a referral to a hostel (there are 169 places in the borough), being helped by the No Second Night Out scheme which provides somewhere to stay or helping someone back to the area they are from.
Commenting on the launch, Cllr Joanna Gardner, said: “The Council and police work together to combat begging and offer help to those in genuine need, including advice on where to go to combat addiction and places to obtain accommodation.”
Hard hitting adverts will be displayed at bus stops and on phone boxes for two weeks at key areas in the borough where it is known begging takes place.
If you are concerned for someone because you think they are sleeping rough contact the Streetlink helpline on 0300 500 0914 or go to www.streetlink.org.uk
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