“There are various reasons why the law on begging needs to be reformed..”

After rejecting the Chief Constable’s proposed cost-cutting measures – to balance this year’s policing budget – members of the Policing Board are meeting today with Northern Ireland Justice Minister Paul Goggins, MP. Meanwhile, in Ireland, Justice Minister Dermot Ahern is proposing a new law against certain forms of begging..

“There are various reasons why the law on begging needs to be reformed, not least the fact that some vulnerable members of the public are often fearful when approached on the streets by individuals,” the Minister for Justice added.

Mr Goggins was unavailable for comment.. Update From Mr Goggins – “Both the Government and the Board want the same thing..”