Rough Sleeping

Homelessness is everyone’s business and requires urgent attention.

 

The most prevalent symptom of homelessness in the West End is rough sleeping, and this is where we need to see a positive change. The long-term solution does not lie at the local level. Homelessness and rough sleeping are nationwide issues, requiring a government-level response. To help facilitate this, we will spearhead the exploration of a nationwide alliance with the purpose of raising the issue at the highest level, putting forward policy recommendations and effecting real change.

 

August 2022

Heart of London Business Alliance, Chief Executive, Ros Morgan, submitted written evidence to the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill Committee, in support of Amendment 1 which seeks to remove a clause which would allow the Government to create criminal offences similar to those under the Vagrancy Act 1824 – despite its repeal by the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Act 2021.

Heart of London are in support of Nickie Aiken MP who tabled the amendment, as there is concern that this could lead to the re-criminalisation of rough sleeping, undoing years of hard work by campaigners on this issue. Heart of London are against all legislation that criminalises homelessness but recognises the need for legislation to protect the public.

Read the full letter here.

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