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