Rishi Sunak Hit By Tory Rebellion Over Plan To Criminalise The Homeless

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Rishi Sunak is in trouble with some members of the ruling Conservative Party because of his proposal to make it a crime to be homeless. This has caused a lot of controversy.

Politicians representing all factions of the party have urged the prime minister to reject the excessively harsh policy.

The provisions are included in the Criminal Justice Bill, which Suella Braverman presented during her time as the Secretary for the Interior.

The proposed law, which will be reviewed again in the Commons later this year, would grant the police and local officials the ability to address "troublesome homelessness." This may result in homeless individuals being punished with a fine or imprisonment.

Bob Blackman, the co-secretary of the backbench 1922 Committee, is heading up the Tories' revolt against the proposed legislation.

In his statement to The Times, he expressed that many of his fellow workers disagree with the current version of the bill since it could make it illegal for individuals who are forced to sleep on the streets. Therefore, they are requesting that government officials reconsider their decision.

One of the representatives for the One Nation faction of centrist Conservative Members of Parliament stated to HuffPost UK that sleeping rough isn't a decision and it's not easy to fix. It's a complicated problem that needs to be addressed with empathy and preventative actions such as offering support for mental health issues.

Making a law that makes sleeping rough a crime would not align with the approach that the UK has followed so far. Punishing these people by putting them in jail or making them pay a fine won't solve the problem of homelessness in our streets. Instead, it would only show that we have failed to tackle the root cause of the problem, which includes mental health problems and addiction to substances.

According to the head of the homelessness organization Crisis, Matt Downie, Rishi Sunak will fail in the parliamentary vote unless he stops making homelessness a criminal offense. Downie believes that this proposition is not only harsh and inhumane but also unhelpful.

We cannot let this situation go by unnoticed. I am deeply appreciative of the Members of Parliament from various parties who collaborated with us to prevent it.

According to the charity for homeless people, Shelter, sleeping outside on the streets is not a choice. The proposed rough sleeping law in the Criminal Justice Bill of the government will punish those who do not have a place to live, which is not fair.

The lawmakers shouldn't pass this law. It's better for politicians to focus on preventing homelessness rather than penalizing those who already are homeless.

According to Layla Moran, a member of the Liberal Democrat Party, the current measures being taken are ruthless and have the potential to lead to the reinstatement of the Vagrancy Act through a surreptitious means.

She expressed that the administration should pay attention to their fellow members of Parliament and deal with homelessness in a humane manner, rather than stigmatizing and penalizing those who sleep on the streets. Being homeless is not a decision one makes about their way of living. Instead of blaming those who are affected by this issue, officials should work on resolving the underlying causes of this dilemma.

According to a spokesperson from the government, they are committed to putting an end to rough sleeping permanently. For this reason, they have released a plan to address the underlying factors that lead to homelessness, and it is supported by an exceptional sum of £2.4 billion.

It is not fair to consider someone a criminal just because they don't have a place to live. That's why we promised to remove the old Vagrancy Act that was approved hundreds of years ago in 1824.

We are planning to introduce fresh laws that aim to assist individuals in leaving the streets, while providing local authorities and law enforcement the power to respond to actions that may cause the public to feel uneasy, such as soliciting at ATM machines.

The police are taking advantage of an old law called the Vagrancy Act to punish those who are homeless during the pandemic. People are being unfairly labelled as criminals simply for not having a permanent home. The use of this law is outdated and needs to be reformed to better protect vulnerable individuals.

The Conservative Party has been criticized for neglecting the group that is at the highest risk of experiencing homelessness.

People are criticizing Rishi Sunak for his response to a question about child homelessness. They are saying he showed a lack of empathy.

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