With coronavirus putting the most vulnerable in our communities at risk, we must ensure no one is left behind.
2020 has seen a sharp rise in rough sleeping. Without a home to stay in, these people are at a higher risk of catching the virus and have no way to self-isolate.
The homelessness crisis is not new, and is not going away once we defeat Covid.
Now more than ever, we need a compassionate approach to homelessness.
Rough sleepers urgently need accommodation, health checks and support in the face of the Covid crisis.
The homelessness crisis is not new, and is not going away once we defeat this virus. Too many people are forced to live on the streets and too few of our leaders in Government are treating this issue with the urgency it demands.
The homeless may be particularly vulnerable to coronavirus.— Liberal Democrats (@LibDems) March 6, 2020
The government has a duty of care for rough sleepers, and it should start by scrapping the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises people simply for being homeless. Sign our petition today > https://t.co/jWcFlmt9Wt pic.twitter.com/UZkcB0FvU6
Even before coronavirus hit the UK, Liberal Democrats have been fighting to scrap the Vagrancy Act - a law that criminalises homelessness. It’s a cruel, Dickensian law and has no place in modern Britain.
Even before coronavirus hit the UK, Liberal Democrats have been fighitng to scrap the Vagrancy act
Back in March, I introduced a Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill to Parliament. Put simply, my Bill would put the Vagrancy Act on the ash heap of history, where it belongs.
It’s Second Reading is scheduled for 12th March 2021, but we need urgent action now to help our most vulnerable.
Ministers must ringfence emergency funding for local councils to permanently accommodate rough sleepers.
They must also produce a long-term plan to end rough sleeping, including supporting my Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act.
This is a moral issue; we simply cannot allow people to suffer like this. We must have action now.