Rough Sleeping

The Vagrancy Act: What is it and why is it facing calls to be scrapped?
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The Vagrancy Act: What is it and why is it facing calls to be scrapped?

MPs and charities are urging the Government to repeal the almost 200-year-old law. The Big Issue explains how the Vagrancy Act continues to threaten rough sleepers

Government blocks bid to scrap 200-year-old law that criminalises rough sleeping
Vagrancy Act

Government blocks bid to scrap 200-year-old law that criminalises rough sleeping

Repealing the Vagrancy Act looks set to be left out of Priti Patel’s controversial policing bill after Lords amendment is refused.

Brighton manager Graham Potter sleeps rough for homelessness charity as Premier League in spotlight over kit row
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Brighton manager Graham Potter sleeps rough for homelessness charity as Premier League in spotlight over kit row

The Brighton and Hove Albion manager and two of his staff slept out in the centre of Brighton on Friday as row over Shelter’s idea for clubs to wear away kits at home continues.

EU citizens in Britain are three times more likely to sleep rough than everyone else
Housing

EU citizens in Britain are three times more likely to sleep rough than everyone else

Number of people living on the street in London is highest since 2019
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Number of people living on the street in London is highest since 2019

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Rishi Sunak said homelessness funding is increasing. It’s actually being cut
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Rishi Sunak said homelessness funding is increasing. It’s actually being cut

Volunteer-led homeless outreach team having to expand as crisis worsens
Housing

Volunteer-led homeless outreach team having to expand as crisis worsens

London buses transformed into healthcare and support hubs for people sleeping rough
Housing

London buses transformed into healthcare and support hubs for people sleeping rough

Homelessness charity launches VR game to show kids the reality of life without a home
Housing

Homelessness charity launches VR game to show kids the reality of life without a home

Robert Jenrick says ending rough sleeping ‘isn’t high enough on the government’s agenda’
Housing

Robert Jenrick says ending rough sleeping ‘isn’t high enough on the government’s agenda’

Explained: The real cost of homelessness
Housing

Explained: The real cost of homelessness

Arsonist jailed for setting fire to sleeping bags of rough sleepers as they slept
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Arsonist jailed for setting fire to sleeping bags of rough sleepers as they slept

‘Act now or street homelessness will skyrocket’, ministers warned
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‘Act now or street homelessness will skyrocket’, ministers warned

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9,000 people could fall into homelessness without national Housing First plan
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9,000 people could fall into homelessness without national Housing First plan

Rough sleepers are still being prosecuted under a law ministers want to scrap
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Rough sleepers are still being prosecuted under a law ministers want to scrap

London rough sleeping figures drop is ‘calm before the storm’
Housing

London rough sleeping figures drop is ‘calm before the storm’

Extra £82m a year needed to end rough sleeping for good
Housing

Extra £82m a year needed to end rough sleeping for good

England needs a nationwide Housing First programme to end rough sleeping
Housing

England needs a nationwide Housing First programme to end rough sleeping

‘Good work being undone’: 11,000 people slept rough in London during Covid-19
Housing

‘Good work being undone’: 11,000 people slept rough in London during Covid-19

‘True picture of rough sleeping is needed’ to prevent people living on street
Housing

‘True picture of rough sleeping is needed’ to prevent people living on street

Homeless groups brand Home Office rough sleeping deportation plans ‘inhumane’
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Homeless groups brand Home Office rough sleeping deportation plans ‘inhumane’

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Plans to deport rough sleepers could ‘put lives at risk’
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Plans to deport rough sleepers could ‘put lives at risk’

Vagrancy Act to be scrapped ‘at a pace’, says minister
Housing

Vagrancy Act to be scrapped ‘at a pace’, says minister

Let’s scrap the Vagrancy Act and help rough sleepers, not criminalise them
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Let’s scrap the Vagrancy Act and help rough sleepers, not criminalise them

Can rough sleeping be ended without ending the hostile environment?
Housing

Can rough sleeping be ended without ending the hostile environment?

Jenrick: £212 million investment will support ‘thousands’ of rough sleepers
Housing

Jenrick: £212 million investment will support ‘thousands’ of rough sleepers

All homeless people can be housed during pandemic, court rules
Housing

All homeless people can be housed during pandemic, court rules

Human rights lawyers warn council to ‘stop harassing’ rough sleepers
Housing

Human rights lawyers warn council to ‘stop harassing’ rough sleepers

Elite swimmer who became homeless given £30,000 by strangers
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Elite swimmer who became homeless given £30,000 by strangers

Robert Jenrick: Vagrancy Act ‘should be repealed’
Housing

Robert Jenrick: Vagrancy Act ‘should be repealed’

2,500 people slept rough in England through the pandemic, figures show
Housing

2,500 people slept rough in England through the pandemic, figures show

Rough sleeping falls 10% in London despite ‘warning signs’ say experts
Housing

Rough sleeping falls 10% in London despite ‘warning signs’ say experts

Scotland passes ‘significant milestone’ of 400 Housing First homes
Housing

Scotland passes ‘significant milestone’ of 400 Housing First homes