Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. HOME News Royal Showbiz & TV Sport Comment Finance Travel Entertainment Life & Style UK Politics Royal US World Science Weather Weird History Nature Sunday InYourArea Homelessness charities said they were not consulted on the plans which are due to appear in the King’s speech next week. 22:02, Fri, Nov 3, 2023 | UPDATED: 22:25, Fri, Nov 3, 2023
Suella Braverman has unveiled new plans to restrict the use of tents by homeless people (Image: Getty)
Home Secretary Suella Braverman plans to restrict the use of tents by rough sleepers.
Under new proposals it will be a civil offence which would deter charities from giving tents to homeless people.
The new laws would mean charities could be fined for doing so if the tents are deemed to be causing a nuisance.
The policies will reportedly be outlined in the King’s speech on Tuesday when King Charles outlines the government’s legislation programme.
In response, homelessness charities said they had not been consulted on the plans.
Some think the new policies won’t have any impact at all (Image: Getty)
In a statement on Friday, the Home Office said: “We want to ensure our communities feel safe and secure.”
The Financial Times reported the new plan included a range of new measures to “better equip the police and local authorities to respond to nuisance begging and rough sleeping”.
Following the announcement, homelessness charities Shelter and Crisis said they had not been consulted about the proposals.
Chief executive of Crisis Matt Downie said the new laws would do nothing to tackle the problem of homelessness in the UK.
Homelessness charities say they haven’t been consulted on the new proposals (Image: Getty)
Speaking to the FT he said: “Ending rough sleeping is absolutely possible but it requires the government to step up and make the changes needed that will actually achieve it, including investing in housing benefits so people can afford their rent.
“Stripping people of their only protection is not the answer.”
While the new proposals have not been warmly received by charities, there are growing concerns that the UK’s homelessness crisis is out of control.
According to the Big Issue, around 300,000 households in England require support either because they are at risk of homelessness or homeless.
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With the weather getting worse more homeless people will need all the shelter they can find (Image: Getty)
While local councils are calling for more government intervention after it was revealed that councils in England spent more than £1.7billion on temporary accommodation for homeless people last year.
150 councils attended a summit which resulted in a cross-party letter calling for the government to act.
Speaking to the BBC, Eastbourne Borough Council leader Stephen Holt said: “The collapse of support for society’s most vulnerable people is now a reality for many unless the government urgently intervenes.”
In response, the government released a statement saying it was providing them with £1billion over three years.
They said: “Local authorities have seen an increase in core spending power of up to £5.1billion or 9.4 percent in cash terms on 2022/23, with almost £60billion available for local government in England. We are providing councils with £1billion through the Homelessness Prevention Grant over three years.
“We are also delivering a fairer private rented sector for tenants and landlords through the Renters Reform Bill which includes abolishing Section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions”.
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