House of Commons
REPEAL OF THE VAGRANCY ACT 1824
EDM #903
Tabled 05 February 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House expresses grave concern over the continuing use of the Vagrancy Act 1824 to criminalise homeless people who are rough sleeping; notes with concern that this Dickensian law was used 1,810 times in 2016-17; welcomes that this Act is no longer in force in Scotland and Northern Ireland; and urges the Government to repeal this harmful and out-of-date legislation across the whole of the UK.