Glasgow launches alternative giving scheme

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The Street Change Glasgow scheme, managed by Glasgow City Council, will allow members of the public to pay into a fund providing practical help as an alternative to handing cash to the increasing numbers of vulnerable people begging on the city’s streets.

In response to concerns around the wellbeing and safety of people engaging in begging, coupled with concerns from businesses in the City Centre, the Begging Strategy Group visited other cities in the UK, including Manchester and Liverpool to observe their schemes and evaluate what options would be most suitable for Glasgow.

Third Sector partners have been involved in initiating the scheme as well as The Big Issue, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Police Scotland.

More information is available here.