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

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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.

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

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.”

Source: huffingtonpost

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One Response

  1. Dr. William Richard Pabst Cathey says:

    Banning is just a temporary solution. Where do you put them? Next step would be concentration camp holding areas…..tents, barbed wire to keep the costs manageable operated with the hotel California theory, far away from any populated area. Some of them will see the benefits of being integrated back into society. The remainder will be in a safe, healthy and best of all, a very low cost environment. WHY? No one wants to see a bunch of homeless beggars while one is out shopping or on the way to a fine restaurant (disagreeable visual impact violates my rights to the pursuit of happiness). Out of sight out of mind. The goal should be “a city without any homeless people, beggars, and unlawful assemblies”. This is part of the globalization path, and is unavoidable.

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