The entire homelessness industry has questions to answer about how they are treating those they claim to support, but none has sunk so low as Jesus’ little fucking helpers in the Salvation Army.
A local paper in York reports that the Salvation Army are now teaming up with the police in a scheme which will could see homeless people grassed up to the DWP if they are caught begging.
According to the paper, Salvation Army members, along with the police and local council busy-bodies will be patrolling the streets of York hunting for beggars. The charity claim they will provide housing advice whilst the police will be ‘reminding people’ that begging is against the law, no doubt by arresting them. Not to be outdone, representatives from York Council say they will inform the DWP if people found begging are receiving any benefits. Which means their benefits will be stopped. And they’ll have to beg more.
None of this will trouble the Salvation Army, who are quite happy to have people’s benefits sanctioned themselves should someone refuse to work without pay in one of their shit charity shops. Some charities have warned that benefit sanctions are causing people to beg just to be able to buy food. This latest initiative will ensure that in York at least, anyone sanctioned by the Salvation Army and forced to beg will now face harassment and possible arrest under a scheme part run by the same Salvation Army. A vicious noose is being tied around the neck of some of the poorest and most marginalised people in the UK. And everyday some of the UK’s best known charities help pull it a little bit tighter.
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