The Vagrancy Act

Thank you for contacting me about homelessness.

I am glad that the Government has announced that it will carry out a review of legislation around homelessness and rough sleeping, including the Vagrancy Act, to ensure the best measures are in place and that rough sleepers are not discriminated against. The Government will report on its review by March 2020. That is why I am pleased over £1.2 billion has been allocated to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping through to 2020.

I welcome the launch of a new £100 million Rough Sleeping Strategy expected to provide rapid support to up to 6,000 vulnerable people either new to the streets or at risk of becoming rough sleepers. This will complement the £28 million Housing First pilots which are supporting the most entrenched rough sleepers off the streets by providing them with stable accommodation and intensive wrap-around support.

Thank for again for taking the time to get in contact with me.

Craig Whittaker MP

August 2019