Petition vs Vagrancy Act 1824

Newell Legal are delighted to announce that Jake's petition, whereby he seeks to challenge the relevance of The Vagrancy Act 1824, has been published by the Petitions Committee at the House of Commons.

You can view and sign it here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/554836.

This piece of law makes it an offence to sleep rough or beg. This is an archaic law. It criminalises the very existence of those who are amongst society’s most vulnerable citizens; those who are homeless and forced to take to the streets and beg for survival. It must be repealed.

The petition argues that the system should not punish people who have fallen on hard times; the government should support such individuals to ensure that they can once again, become functioning members of society. The Act actually makes things even more difficult for those sleeping rough or begging for money; imprisonment automatically rules out a number of future jobs. This merely exacerbates their plight, continuing an ever-downward spiral.

The current COVID-19 pandemic is only likely to exacerbate the situation.

We ask our readers to please sign and share.

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