Eskilstuna introduces controversial money-begging permit

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Beggars in a Swedish town will have to a permit before being allowed to panhandle for money.

The scheme, the first of its kind in the country, has been introduced in Eskilstuna, a town of nearly 70,000 inhabitants about 90 miles west of Stockholm.

The scheme was approved by the city council in June 2018.  Backed by the majority Social Democrat, Moderate and Centre coalition, it was opposed by the Left Party, Green Party, Liberals and Christian Democrats.

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