Criminal Justice Bill: Charity CEO slams proposals to reintroduce powers to prosecute homeless under new plans

The CEO of a charity supporting the homeless in Yorkshire has slammed planned government proposals to reintroduce powers to prosecute people rough sleeping or begging.

The Vagrancy Act of 1824 was introduced to clear camps of sailors or soldiers who’d been made homeless as a result of war.

However, the act stayed in place until 2021 when the government agreed to repeal it - but they didn’t give an end date until a replacement bill was in place.

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At the time, a government spokesperson said: “We are very clear that we are not criminalising rough sleeping and the government will repeal the outdated Vagrancy Act.

Homeless Street Angels founder Becky JoyceHomeless Street Angels founder Becky Joyce
Homeless Street Angels founder Becky Joyce