A rough sleeper in Windsor [Image: Geoffrey Swaine/Rex/Shutterstock].

Windsor and Maidenhead Council has done it again.

After trying to get the police to arrest homeless people under the Vagrancy Act so they won’t be on the streets during the Royal Wedding, now the council is imposing fines of up to £1,000 on their existence.

The police told Conservative council leader Simon Dudley to jog on, so the council has devised a way of attacking the homeless all by itself.

Environmental Services will impose the fines – starting at an unaffordable £100 (dropping to an equally-unaffordable £50 for early payment) and rising to an unbelievable £1,000 for each almost-inevitable non-payment.

All to make Windsor look – what? Nicer? Cleaner? Tidier? – than it really is.

And it won’t make a blind bit of difference, will it?

Because of Mr Dudley’s behaviour, activists were said to be organising busloads of homeless people to come and line the streets during the Royal Wedding.

In any case, cheats like that guy never prosper.

The stain of his attack on people who are already living in severe hardship – possibly because of his policies – will follow him forever.

Like a bad smell.

Windsor council has been accused of punishing people for being homeless after plans emerged to fine rough sleepers £100 as part of a new “homelessness support strategy”.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will impose public space protection orders (PSPOs) banning aggressive or proactive begging, requests for money, leaving bedding and belongings in a public area and urination or defecation in town centres in the area, including Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and Eton.

Breaches would lead to a £100 fixed penalty notice, which would be cut to £50 for early payment, but offenders could face a summary conviction and a £1,000 fine if they fail to pay. The measures would be enforced by community wardens equipped with stab-proof vests and body cameras.

Source: Windsor council to impose fines on rough sleepers | Society | The Guardian

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