Homeless Action Scotland's Response to Survey of Begging in Glasgow
Robert Aldridge, Homeless Action Scotland’s CEO says, “A survey has been carried out in Glasgow to gather the opinions of those who come into the city centre and who feel that they are affected by begging. This survey asks many things about people affected by begging and/or beggars but in our view is asking leading questions which will skew the survey responses in favour of those that are negative about begging within Glasgow."
Although we are opposed to the questionnaire as it is written, we believe that the intention of the survey is borne out of some misguided frustration at not being able to easily help those who are begging. We are concerned that the wording of the questions and the answers it will obtain will be misused by those who think that the best way to deal with begging is through enforcement. We suggest that the greatest problem with begging is that of the individual who is being compelled to beg, rather than the social problem to be “cleansed” from a city centre.
It is also vital to recognise that begging is not only done by those who are homeless, and that not all of those who are homeless beg.
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The Scottish Government have just finished a consultation on the creation of a new Housing Tribunal service to manage issues within the Private Rented Sector (PRS). The new tribunals will deal with a number of disputes within housing, such as repairing standards or rental increases etc.
Although not all landlords will be educated, wealthy and be able to get legal advice on any potential action, they are far more likely to be able to do so than a tenant. As such we believe strongly that in cases as serious as evictions or in complicated matters to do with housing law, it is imperative that the Scottish Government provides legal assistance for those who cannot afford it.