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Swedish county board stops Eskilstuna begging permit

The board said begging did not amount to a disturbance of the public order. Photo: Berit Roald/NTB scanpix/TT

Published: 11.Jul.2018 14:49 hrs

Begging does not disturb the public order, a Swedish county administrative board said when it rejected the city of Eskiltuna's bid to make people apply for a permit before begging for money.

Last month a coalition between the Social Democrats, Moderates and Centre Party voted in the proposed regulation in Eskilstuna, a city west of Stockholm, as The Local reported at the time. The Sweden Democrats backed the move, which was opposed by the Left Party, Greens, Liberals and Christian Democrats.

Under the suggested measures, anyone who wanted to "passively collect money" on Eskilstuna's streets and public squares would have to first apply to the police for a licence. The council described the move as a way of better regulating begging with the aim of helping those living in hardship come into contact with homeless charities or getting help to travel home again, rather than banning the practice.

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