Council now issue £100 on-the-spot fines to town centre beggars

A Public Spaces Protection Order that recently came into effect gives the council the power to fine town centre beggars £100 on-the-spot.

Homeless man - The Parade

The new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into effect in Swindon town centre’s commercial areas this week, which also made chalking the pavement illegal.

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Though, according to the summary document of the public engagement on the PSPO, the Order is “not designed to target vulnerable people but to tackle those that use loopholes in existing legislation to beg ‘professionally’”.

Find out more about the Public Spaces Protection Order here.