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THIS WEEK? Why would £13K harm help­ful home­less man?

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KIND: Mark helped Ni­cole to care for the home­less has de­cided that, you know, giv­ing it to him wouldn’t be a good idea.

In­stead, Safer Streets Team has rec­om­mended the money be do­nated to a home­less char­ity, on the ba­sis that “giv­ing large amounts of money di­rectly to some­one with sup­port needs could have been harm­ful”, re­ported the Cam­den New Jour­nal.

The ex­cel­lent Tom Pride blog – tom­pride.word­press. com – took the story on fur­ther.

It dis­closed that the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the or­gan­i­sa­tion that runs Safer Streets, an out­fit called Change, Grow, Live, him­self earns a mea­gre £180,000 a year for his trou­ble.

That size­able salary is taken from some of the £81mil­lion that they re­ceive a year in char­i­ta­ble in­come.

So where has the £13,000+ do­nated by gen­er­ous peo­ple across the coun­try ac­tu­ally gone to, if it hasn’t gone to the one per­son they were ac­tu­ally in­tend­ing it for?

Turns out it’s still sat in a bank ac­count some­where while some­one in an ex­pen­sive suit de­cides how best to help some­one who can’t even af­ford a pair of socks.

If that doesn’t scare the hell out of you, then I don’t know what would.

The tacit im­pli­ca­tion here is that Mark might end up spend­ing all the money on grog.

But even if he did blow it on booze, so what?

On that ba­sis I think we should be told ex­actly what the £180,000-a-year man does for his money, and how much of it he spends on fancy wines and fine din­ing.

Just to make sure none of that do­nated cash is “harm­ful” to him, ei­ther, of course.

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