York riverside at night

Begging

Begging is illegal under the Vagrancy Act 1824. Safer York Partnership do not advise residents and visitors to donate money to beggars as often it is used to buy drugs or alcohol.
Instead, we suggest donations are made to Homeless charities who work with us to provide the support and care that homeless people need.

Our anti-social behaviour unit regularly runs operations to tackle begging in York and works closely with accommodation providers and substance misuse services to provide direct support to those individuals in genuine need.

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