Hackney Council has removed referenced to rough sleepers from its Public Space Protection Order after pressure from homeless groups, residents, legal professionals, and the public.
Although the references to rough sleepers have been removed begging is still included.
“Hackney Green Party is pleased the order has been amended but continues to call on Hackney Council to stop criminalizing other vulnerable people on our streets.” Samir Jeraj, spokesperson for Hackney Green Party.
Hackney Green Party wants to see a coordinated approach to homelessness and rough sleeping. This would include working in partnership across Hackney, improving access to health and rehabilitation services, and providing secure and supported housing.
1. Over 80,000 people have signed the change.org petition asking Hackney Council to stop criminalizing Hackney's rough sleepers
2. Hackney Council statement: http://news.hackney.gov.uk/amendment-to-public-space-protection-order