More beggars on Wellington streets, but they are being treated generously

The Downtown Community Ministry in Wellington, New Zealand has noticed an increase in homeless people begging just to make ends meet.

‘‘These people really, generally, are struggling. For poor people … when you have got much less disposable income, it’s much easier to get into a spiralling debt situation,’’ Ms McIntyre said.

‘‘Is [the recession] the reason — I don’t know. [But] I think that the poorest of the poor in our society are getting poorer.’’

The Dominion Post reported on the trend recently and noted that the Wellington City Council is aware of the problem.  Question is, what action are they going to take?

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