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Homeless tents crackdown plan ditched along with Braverman

14 Nov 2023 2 minute read
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Suella Braverman’s plans for a crackdown on the use of tents by homeless people has been shelved.

Mrs Braverman was sacked as home secretary on Monday following a series of controversial comments, including describing homelessness as a “lifestyle choice”.

The plans will not be included in the new Criminal Justice Bill or other legislation, Downing Street said.

Mrs Braverman had pushed for legal changes to stop “those who cause nuisance and distress to other people by pitching tents in public spaces”, warning that “unless we step in now to stop this, British cities will go the way of places in the US like San Francisco and Los Angeles”.

She had reportedly been calling for a new civil offence to deter charities from giving tents to homeless people if their use could cause a nuisance.

But following her exit from government, Downing Street said there were no plans to implement the measures.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “It’s not going to be introduced in the Criminal Justice Bill. I’m not aware of any plans for its introduction elsewhere.”

Full confidence

Asked why Downing Street had repeatedly said Rishi Sunak had “full confidence” in Mrs Braverman, while he was already planning to sack her, the spokesman said: “The Prime Minister continued to work closely with the former home secretary, not least on the issue of small boats.

“Obviously he subsequently took a decision to change his team, that is his prerogative and I think he set out some of the rationale I think at the top of Cabinet.”

It was “not unusual for the Prime Minister to carry out reshuffles from time to time”.

Opening the first meeting of his new-look Cabinet on Tuesday, Mr Sunak said he now had a “strong and united team”.

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Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
5 months ago

It’s time for a crackdown on incitement to violence with her door being knocked first.

5 months ago

Braverman’s remedy was bonkers. However we do need a remedy, one that takes people out of tents and into a safe place where they can keep warm and dry. Beyond that a lot of homeless just need help to “bridge” back into a world where they can be independent with a job and earnings. Those with drugs problems or other issues will need more intense support to get back on track. Al doable if government shifted its spending priorities.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
5 months ago

“A strong and united team” Oh the hilarity!


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