Bay of Plenty Labour List MP Angie Warren-Clark is fully supporting the Tauranga Council Policy Committee's recommendation to lift the controversial begging ban.
The committee met today to discuss the controversial bylaw
The bylaw prevented people from begging and rough sleeping with five metres of public entrances to retail or hospitality premises in the Tauranga City, Mount Maunganui and Greerton CBDs.
The policy committee recommended 6-4 in ditching the ban. It will now go to a full council meeting next week for a final decision.
“I understand this is a difficult situation for both business and people reduced to begging."
Angie believes the begging ban was a knee jerk reaction to what is a highly complex issue.
“I believe that as a city we can do better.
“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently announced a $300m homelessness action plan to reduce demand for emergency motel accommodation by adding 1000 new transitional housing places on top of the 1300 places introduced since the government was formed.”
Angie says she will “continue to work hard to ensure that Tauranga gets the support we need in collaboration with iwi, social service agencies, local government and the many volunteer organisations like Street Kai who help our people”.