'Clearly the act is not fit for purpose – it represents social attitudes two hundred years out of date and must be repealed as soon as possible'
'Pressure is mounting on the government to repeal a “draconian and outdated” Georgian-era law used to criminalise thousands of homeless people each year for sleeping and begging on the street.
Charities and politicians of all stripes have laid out their opposition to the Vagrancy Act, which was controversial even when rolled out in 1824.
The Labour Party adopting its abolition as policy in December 2018 and charities Centrepoint, St Mungo’s and Crisis have called for an end to the law, which was described in parliament this week as “a cruel and outdated piece of legislation” by Layla Moran, a Liberal Democrat MP who has been campaigning for its repeal since February 2018.
"If the Act were isn’t needed in those areas then why is it needed anywhere at all," she said. "Government should listen to those on the front line and come clean about who the stakeholders who want to keep it are. Having asked repeatedly they refuse to do so which can only suggest they themselves are the barrier."
Crisis’ director of policy and external affairs, Matt Downie, told The Independent the act was "not fit for purpose" as it represented "social attitudes 200 years out of date and must be repealed as soon as possible,” .'
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