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On 24 February, Westminster City Council announced a consultation period for a new byelaw, which will ban rough sleeping and the operation of soup runs within its borough.
The consultation, by director of housing Rosemary Westbrook, runs until 25 March, and covers a draft byelaw for "good rule and government" which will make "lying down and sleeping etc" and the "distribution of free refreshment" an offence. The penalty will be a fine. The rationale behind this byelaw is Westminster City Council's conviction that readers should "make use of building-based services" rather than sleeping out.
As we go to press, Housing Justice is holding a meeting to discuss responses to this proposal. We will be present, and have the relevant documents on our website, so that readers can consider their own response to the consultation.
• The consultation document and proposed byelaw are posted on our website.