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Stop Villifying the Homeless
Retract the Vagrancy Act 1824
Why is this important?
The Act makes it illegal to sleep rough and/or beg.
Whilst I do not wish anybody to have to sleep rough or beg, the people who are forced to do so should not be persecuted in any fashion, let alone from a legal stance. The Act was written at a time when wealth defined whether you were a criminal or not, thus segregating the poor from the rich, as a wealthy person would never find themselves in that position.
The Vagrancy Act is out of date common law and needs to be vanquished so that Councillors cannot try and force Police to enforce such legislation when they are on a power trip, such as in the case of https://news.sky.com/story/outrage-as-council-leader-asks-police-to-clear-homeless-before-royal-wedding-11194599
How it will be delivered
I will deliver the petition to Teresa May in her constituency of Maidenhead.