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Remember all those controversial laws that were passed? Many of them just came into force
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Remember all those controversial laws that were passed? Many of them just came into force

Many of the new bills passed at the last-minute back in April come into force today, including the Borders Bill and the Policing Bill. Here’s a round-up of what they are and why some have proven extremely controversial.

The government already has the perfect replacement for the Vagrancy Act – nothing at all
Homelessness

The government already has the perfect replacement for the Vagrancy Act – nothing at all

The Napoleonic Wars-era Vagrancy Act is set to be scrapped with an ongoing consultation on what should replace it. But Centrepoint’s Balbir Kaur Chatrik says rough sleepers should be supported rather than punished.

Why the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is the perfect opportunity to axe the Vagrancy Act
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Why the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is the perfect opportunity to axe the Vagrancy Act

Rough sleepers need help not policing, writes the MP for Cities of London and Westminster Nickie Aiken, as the Westminster government’s amendment to scrap the 200-year-old Vagrancy Act reaches the Commons.

Robert Jenrick: Conservatives got it ‘wrong’ on rough sleeping
Homelessness

Robert Jenrick: Conservatives got it ‘wrong’ on rough sleeping

Scrapping the Vagrancy Act is just the start – now we must end rough sleeping for good
Layla Moran

Scrapping the Vagrancy Act is just the start – now we must end rough sleeping for good

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The ‘archaic’ Vagrancy Act is officially being scrapped after 200 years
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The ‘archaic’ Vagrancy Act is officially being scrapped after 200 years

Peers vote to scrap the Vagrancy Act in controversial government bill
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Peers vote to scrap the Vagrancy Act in controversial government bill

Government blocks bid to scrap 200-year-old law that criminalises rough sleeping
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Government blocks bid to scrap 200-year-old law that criminalises rough sleeping

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