Apparently some beggars in Central London are taking up to £280 a day! The same money as a GP. The average for begging in London is around £55 a day, more than the average worker in the area takes home.
The problem with many beggars is that many are not actually completely poor, and beg to fund their ever spiralling drug habits, thus diverting money from real homeless into the pockets of drug dealers.
So why don't people give to homeless charities instead of funding this drug habit? Giving to charity will help get the money to the real homeless, those who need it.
I know many people feel guilty after walking past a beggar but please, if you do, give this money to homeless charities, not to the beggars, do not fund drug habits, help people in a better way.
Audrey Lewis, a councillor who is running a 'killing with kindness' campaign to divert money away from beggars, said: "This is not about discouraging people from helping others. It is about educating people so they can support charities that help the homeless rather than indirectly funding drug dealers."
So please please, think about where your money is going before you give to beggars, you may just be funding drugs...