Charity Crisis has accused London’s Hackney Council of treating the homeless as a ‘nuisance’ with its new Public Space Protection Order
Hackney Council launched a Public Space Protection Order last month that bans sleeping in doorways – with offenders handed a £100 fixed penalty notice that can rise 10-fold in court.
Homelessness charities fear the move at tourist hotspots will criminalise the homeless and not help them get off the streets.
Crisis said it was concerned about any measure which makes life more difficult for rough sleepers.
It’s like what our Labour council did to deal with homeless people sleeping near the vent by the side of Crown Pools. They fenced it off.
Moving the problem away so that it is out of sight and therefore out of mind is not the way to deal with the problem.