The city of Brussels is making a very damaging mistake by banning begging with children

Since the end of March it is strictly forbidden to beg in the heart of the capital with children under 16. The city council of the city of Brussels unanimously adopted a new regulation to this effect. Failure to comply with the new provision is punished with a fine of 350 euros, but not at the first assessment. In fact, every member of the police is initially required to inform the person of this prohibition, to recall the existence of the social services of the municipality and the rights of the minor. Only then can the administrative sanction be imposed. According to the municipality, the device aims to protect children.

Should other municipalities follow this example? No, let’s say more than thirty associations that have written a forum published below. They regret an ineffective and further precarious regulation for poor families and children. The mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close (PS), also defends himself with La Libre.

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