Liberal Democrats

Being homeless should not be a crime

It should be common sense, shouldn't it?

And yet, between 2014 and 2016 alone, over 3000 people were dragged before the court. Not for doing anything wrong, but for falling foul of a 195-year-old law, the 1824 Vagrancy Act.

Moving people on, issuing fines and putting them in prison cells should be a national source of shame. But the Conservatives are refusing to commit to anything more than a 'review' of this archaic law.

The Liberal Democrats demand better for people who are homeless. We should be caring for people who end up on the streets and treating them with compassion, not locking them up.

Demand that the cruel and outdated Vagrancy Act is repealed.
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