Person begging with a mug between his legs and a sign to explain his situation.
Eskilstuna will not be allowed to require a permit from people begging in their municipality. Credit: Emil Langvad/TT

Sörmland county revokes Eskilstuna begging permit

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The County Administrative Board of Sörmland decided on Monday to suspend a decision by Eskilstuna municipality that people who want to beg must apply for a permit from the police to do so.

Karin Bergkvist, legal advisor at the board, told news agency TT that they deemed that begging, just like street musicians, does not interfere with the public order. It only takes up a limited space and does not cause any serious inconveniences for the public and the public order.

Jimmy Jansson, the Social Democratic chairman of the municipal executive board in Eskilstuna, said that they will appeal the decision. He told Radio Sweden that they see this as an attempt to try to do something about the desperate situation that the people who are here begging

"We have decided that we want to put pressure on this issue... This is our last way of trying to find out what the Swedish law is able to do when it comes to people in this severe situation," Jansson said.

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