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Saturday, 20 July 2013

They stop your Benefit and you end up on the street. But wait folks then they make it a crime to be 'homeless'

Homelessness Could Be A Crime Under Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill Warns Think Tank

Homelessness could be turned into a crime under proposed anti-social behaviour laws a think-tank has warned.

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing bill, which featured in the Queen's Speech earlier this month, includes powers to ban certain activities from designated areas.

The Manifesto Club claims these Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are more wide-ranging than the powers they will replace while including fewer checks on their use leaving them open to exploitation.

Thousands of people sleep rough in the UK

Josie Appleton, Manifesto Club director, said:
"There is widespread evidence of the over-use of existing powers, which are already too broad and have been employed unjustly to interfere with law-abiding individuals.
"The danger posed by these new powers is substantially greater.
"We believe that the Government has underestimated the potential for abuse of these powers and failed to introduce sufficient checks and balances."
As currently drafted, the PSPOs could be used by councils for actions including banning spitting, banning homeless or young people from parks, banning begging or rough sleeping and banning smoking in outdoor public places, the group warned.

It also claimed that PSPOs have fewer legal or democratic checks and require less public consultation than alcohol-control zones or dog-control zones. The orders can also be directed at particular groups, the think-tank says, raising the possibility of discrimination.

Appleton added: 
"No doubt some local authorities would use these new powers proportionately, but we can be sure that others would not.
"Public Space Protection Orders urgently need to be subjected to additional checks and limitations to ensure that they are used proportionately and do not interfere with the rights of those who use public spaces."

1 comment:

  1. The situation is the same in Hungary.....apart from that in Hungary there is the so-callled FX based loan HIGH TREASON....due to this High Treason of the National Security, Bank leaders and politicians, a lot of people committeed suicides, became homeless....Viktor ORBÁN PRIME MINISTER was the first 3 years ago who SALVAGED himself from this FRAUDALENT loan, because he payed back 27.000 CHF loan in CHF!!!!! Nobody knows why he could do this and where he could buy the CHF for it......There are about 1.8 million people in Hungary (about 40 % of the families!!!) who is still suffering from the consequences of this FX based mortgage and other consumer loans...

    ..Meanwhile the Hungarian FIDESZ (FID-SS) Government changed the regulations and the situation is the same regarding to the homeless people just like in the UK.

    Those people who are sleeping in public parks, forest etc. are committing CRIME...they are handled as criminals....

    Those people who are searching for FOOD in the waste tanks on the streets can be punished by a lot of Hungarian Forint...and they can be carried away to the police stations where sometimes the police are beatening them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Ms. Ibolya Molnár, Economist