A new petition has been launched to bring an end to the Vagrancy Act.
Homelessness should not be a crime. But the Vagrancy Act, which goes back to 1824, makes it a crime just to sleep rough or beg in England and Wales. It remains in force in England and Wales and it is still used today. Anyone found to be sleeping in a public place or trying to beg for money can be arrested.
The Vagrancy Act does nothing to resolve the root causes of homelessness. In fact, it’s more likely to push someone further from the vital services that help them to move away from the streets.
That’s why we’re supporting this petition calling on the UK Government to #ScraptheAct once and for all.
The petition has been started by Karl who was previously arrested under the Vagrancy Act when homeless.