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September 11, 2013

Exeter anti-begging campaign stirs controversy

Critics call the message 'offensive' and 'shameful'.

Exeter Against Begging Facebook page

A campaign affiliated with the UK's Exeter City Council has provoked an angry response online since its launch last week. The campaign, "Exeter Against Begging" was established in response to an audit which the council claims "proved that over 70 percent of people begging were not homeless". The campaign also includes an alternative giving scheme, which, according to its website, "aims to give people another option when thinking about helping someone who is on the streets".

Critics have focused primarily on the language used by the campaign, especially its Facebook page.