It is an offence to beg in a public place and the person can be arrested for committing such an offence. If you see a police officer or a community support officer in the vicinity, you may inform them or alternatively telephone your local police (via 101) and inform them of the location and a description of the person begging.
The Big Issue is a street newspaper that support the homeless, the vulnerably housed and the poor.
Big Issue sellers are registered, complete a training course and sign a code of conduct before they are allowed to sell the magazine. The code of conduct states the rules that the seller must abide by. The sellers are not employed by the Big Issue they are effectively self-employed.
All registered sellers have a date badge in view and wear a red Big Issue tabard whilst selling the magazine. If you have any feedback or queries about Big Issue sellers then contact the Big Issue:
Telephone: 0207 526 3444
Busking is not illegal. However, to do so, you may need a licence from your local council. Some local authorities have passed byelaws prohibiting busking altogether. If you want to busk we advise contacting your local authority to see if any byelaws have been passed with regards to busking. Children under 14 years may not busk.
Please see the website in related information to find your local authority.