Homeless People To Pay Fines Of Up To £1,000 For Sleeping Rough

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Homeless Main Homeless People To Pay Fines Of Up To £1,000 For Sleeping Rough The Independent

The recent introduction of Hackney Council’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) has caused a public outrage.

The order, described by leading homeless charity Crisis as “criminalising the homeless”, has been met with a ferocious backlash from a number of campaign groups including Digs who have promised immediate action.

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As a result of the order, Police Community Support Officers now have the power to issue homeless people with £100 on-the-spot fines which can be raised to a grand if not paid.

Hackney council were unavailable to give us a comment but directed us to a statement which argues that the new policy is to tackle “anti-social behaviour” and rough sleepers having “a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality”.

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Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, told UNILAD: “Homeless people are some of the most vulnerable in society and branding them anti-social is just plain wrong. Any moves to ban and criminalise rough sleeping will be counter-productive and only make it harder for people to access the dedicated support they need to move away from the streets for good.”

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Plans for a similar order in Oxford were discontinued earlier this year as 72,000 signed a petition against them.

The developments are so ludicrous that people (me) are starting to compare the situation to comedian Chris Morris’ fictional Brass Eye series…

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