Well done Hackney. You win the prize for the world’s most stupid council

We’d love to meet the genius who came up with this

Hackney Council has brought in a rule allowing it to fine people up to £1,000 for sleeping in doorways.

In what’s probably the UK’s dumbest Public Protection Order, homeless people can now be handed a £100 fine for sleeping rough, which can rise to £1,000 if they’re unable to pay.

Great idea, right?

Good idea not

Yeah, makes a lot of sense to us too.

Typical uses for Public Protection Orders include banning people from drinking or smoking in certain streets or squares.

Matt Downie of charity Crisis said: “Rough sleepers deserve better than to be treated as a nuisance – they may have suffered a relationship breakdown, a bereavement or domestic abuse.

“Those who sleep on the streets are extremely vulnerable and often do not know where to turn for help.

“These individuals need additional support to leave homelessness behind, and any move to criminalise sleeping rough could simply create additional problems to be overcome.”


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