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Rough sleeping Catch 22

December 2nd 2014
 

In response to info on Public Spaces Protection Orders and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act...

I have been homeless for the past six years. I have tried four councils, all of whom say I have no local connection.

I can understand the government wanting to bring in certain laws since the increase of immigration, but sleeping on the streets is already bad enough as it is.

My boyfriend yesterday was sitting somewhere – not even begging – and people there were quite happy with him, as he minds his own business. The police came along and said that the new laws had been brought in. What is he supposed to do now? I cannot really tolerate going to a day centre, nor Shepherd's Bush hub.

What happens when you get sanctioned for benefits (and subsequently get evicted) or you don't have a local connection to any council, or don't have the right ID even to get into a day centre? How are you supposed to pay this fine if you don‘t have the money?

Councils and London Street Rescue are stating they need to see you sleeping on the streets for three nights, and now the police are going to arrest people for sleeping on the streets. This needs to be taken up with councils and the government!

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December 2014

 

Contents

Rough sleeping Catch 22

Upfront: Legal challenge

Mind the gap

A homeless dog’s life

Getting back in touch

Homelessness ‘kills young’

Homeless journeys

Strikers reach a deal

No Shelter for offensive comedian

Glasgow charity faces cuts

Hostel murder suspect arrested

Residents ‘evicted by Christmas’

Wash ’n’ go

One in 30 US children have been homeless

Pope raffles gifts for charity

A different kind of brew

Birds in the sky

Ho ho ho...

Heartbreak Hotel, episode 2

 

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