Saturday, March 19, 2011

Crackdown on "soup runs" for homeless sparks anger

Campaigners have launched an attack on plans by Conservative-controlled Westminster council to outlaw charity-led "soup runs" for rough sleepers, as fresh evidence emerges that spending cuts will have a savage impact on services around the UK aimed at keeping homeless people off the streets.

Westminster's proposed bylaw will enable authorities to fine people in and around the Westminster Cathedral piazza if they "lie down or sleep in any public place," "deposit bedding" or distribute free food and drink.

Alison Gelder, director of Housing Justice, a charity that represents faith-based homelessness projects, said the bylaw was an attack on civil and religious freedoms and would do nothing to solve the growing problem of street homelessness.

Read the Guardian report here.


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