Wednesday, 30 January 2019

“Archaic” Vagrancy Act has past its sell by date

Layla Moran MP held a Parliamentary debate on the Vagrancy Act that originated from a campaign started by Oxford’s students.

The Vagrancy Act 1824 has come under fire from a large number of homeless charities including Crisis, Centrepoint and St Mungo’s. This combined with pressure from Layla Moran and an endorsement from the Labour Party has led to the campaign building momentum.

The Act criminalises people for sleeping rough, deeming them “rogues and vagabonds”. It has been used over 3000 times between 2014 and 2016, resulting in hundreds of homeless people being brought before the courts for being in violation of the Act.


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