What kind of country has the UK become?

And what kind of person would think this is a step forward for our society?

Not one of the judges who passed sentence against a man for breaching one of the orders that councils may now impose.

He admitted “I will be sending a man to prison for asking for food when he was hungry”.

Who can be proud of that?

Only a Tory.

Growing numbers of vulnerable homeless people are being fined, given criminal convictions and even imprisoned for begging and rough sleeping, the Guardian can reveal.

Despite updated Home Office guidance at the start of the year, which instructs councils not to target people for being homeless and sleeping rough, the Guardian has found over 50 local authorities with public space protection orders (PSPOs) in place

Homeless people are banned from town centres, routinely fined hundreds of pounds and sent to prison if caught repeatedly asking for money in some cases. Local authorities in England and Wales have issued hundreds of fixed-penalty notices and pursued criminal convictions for “begging”, “persistent and aggressive begging” and “loitering” since they were given strengthened powers to combat antisocial behaviour in 2014 by then home secretary, Theresa May.

Source: Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales | Society | The Guardian


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