High fines for the homeless in London

by Beatrice Credi - 2015.06.04
High fines for the homeless in London
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In Hackney, a popular area in north London, the homeless can no longer sleep on the streets or begging. Otherwise you will have to pay a fine ranging from €137 to €1,370. Approved in late May, the Hackney Council's new "Public Space Protection Orders" (PSPO), want to hit some of the behaviors considered typical of those without a fixed address. Such as begging, drinking alcohol, having antisocial attitudes, do not use the public toilets, sleeping in the street, having a dog off leash. However, homeless charities have pointed out this will criminalise the homeless who are already vulnerable. And they have launched a petition to denounce the "criminalization of being homeless." Which it has already collected more than 32,000 supporters. Note, finally, that the phenomenon, in the English capital, was up 8% compared to 2013.

Published in Homelessness.
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