The Liberal Democrats have today called for cross-party support for Layla Moran’s Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act following the publication of official figures which reveal there were 4,677 rough sleepers across England in Autumn 2018.
Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said:
“The fact that thousands of people sleep rough every night shames our whole country. These figures don’t even capture the many more ‘hidden homeless’ in insecure and unsuitable accommodation.
“Even worse, hundreds of homeless people die each year, as the tragic death of Kane Walker in Birmingham on Sunday reminded us. The Tories are failing our most vulnerable people.
"The Liberal Democrats demand better. We want the Government to be building up to 100,000 social homes a year, provide accommodation and support to those in need, and finally back my Bill to scrap the Vagrancy Act."
The ‘Rough sleeping in England: autumn 2018’ statistics can be found here.
They show 4,677 rough sleepers in Autumn 2018, down slightly from the 2017 number (4,751) but still well up on previous years.
More on Vagrancy (Repeal) Bill 2017-19 can be found here.