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Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales 22 May 2018 09:36 #7783

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Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales
The Guardian finds over 50 local authorities with PSPOs in place prohibiting begging and loitering


Patrick Greenfield and Sarah Marsh

Sun 20 May 2018 18.00 BST

Homeless people are banned from town centres, routinely fined hundreds of pounds and jailed if caught repeatedly asking for money in some cases. Photograph: Alamy
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.

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www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/20/homeless-people-fined-imprisoned-pspo-england-wales
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Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales 22 May 2018 14:22 #7800

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Read this article in yesterday's Guardian.

Can't decide what I found most distressing, this policy or the comments by the Labour councillor who provided comments to justify it.

Couldn't establish whether or not the Town Council of Kidderminster, who appear to be the most dedicated adherents of this policy, are Labour or not. If they are they should be expelled from the Party.

PS: Link to article from today about sanctions policy:
www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/22/benefit-sanctions-found-to-be-ineffective-and-damaging
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Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales 22 May 2018 15:00 #7804

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Taken from the Guardian link:
“We tailor requirements to individual cases and sanctions are only used in a very small percentage of cases when people fail to meet their agreed requirements set out in their claimant commitment.

Note: "Meet Their Agreed Requirements Set Out In Thier Claimant Commitment"

And we all know that what goes into Claimant Commitments is somewhat agreed to under duress (force) or we feel we can`t disagree because the work coach feels it `s `reasonable`. If having a Claimant Commitment was a balancing act, life would be a little easier. But most of the time it`s filled with UNreasonable suggestions that,if not acted upon,will endure the wrath of a sancton doubt, regardless of what DWP say. That is why it is very important to know what you agree to at each intervention or change of conditions within this `agreement`.
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