Discussion on move-ons
May 25th 2009
Housing Justice launch ed its report 'Rough Sleeping: Compassion vs Coercion' with a discussion at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, London, on 26th March. Michelle Binfield, the Department of Communities and Local Government's homeless specialist, and Jeremy Swain, CEO of Thames Reach, framed the debate in terms of faith-based amateurs, who object to Operation Poncho - the controversial actions for moving on rough sleepers in the City - versus professionals, who see a use for it. However, Alan Murdie, of legal charity Zacchaeus 2000, was clear: waking people without a compelling reason was illegal under common law, and Poncho had been introduced with no consideration of the legal ramifications and could easily lead to claims for damages.