Stop criminalising Liverpool's homeless. Stop the PSPO
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Liverpool City Council is trying to implement a Public Space Protection Order, covering the city centre, which would criminalise many of the city's homeless. If this goes through then it will become illegal to beg anywhere within the city centre. It will also make it illegal to erect gazebos and tables within a public place. This will target the Love Kitchen and others like it which go out of their way to help the homeless on a weekly basis.
If a person were to breach the order, they would be liable for a fine of up to £1000. What person, homeless or not, can afford that?
Fining and persecuting people in lowest socio-economic group, people that have to beg for money and can’t afford food, is only going to worsen the problem -- not make things better.
The orders that the council are trying to introduce directly put people at risk, but our support can stop this from happening. Councils in Oxford, Hackney and Wycombe have tried to introduce similar policies and each time a petition and public pressure has stopped this from happening. With your support we can, together, stop Liverpool City Council from criminalising people in poverty and find solutions to help people rather than persecuting them further.
The PSPO is still in consultation stages, so you have until the 13th of November to let the council know exactly what you think of it. http://liverpool.gov.uk/council/consultation/public-spaces-protection-order-city-centre,-liverpool/
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