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Westminster plan ban

March 11th 2011

On 24 February, Westminster City Council announced a consultation period for a new byelaw, which will ban rough sleeping and the operation of soup runs within its borough.

The consultation, by director of housing Rosemary Westbrook, runs until 25 March, and covers a draft byelaw for "good rule and government" which will make "lying down and sleeping etc" and the "distribution of free refreshment" an offence. The penalty will be a fine. The rationale behind this byelaw is Westminster City Council's conviction that readers should "make use of building-based services" rather than sleeping out.

As we go to press, Housing Justice is holding a meeting to discuss responses to this proposal. We will be present, and have the relevant documents on our website, so that readers can consider their own response to the consultation.

•  The consultation document and proposed byelaw are posted on our website.


March 2011



From frumpy to funky: "Fab pads" launch nationwide with style

Government action needed to address youth homelessness rise

Public help bring empty homes back into service

Ethical caf?© gives homeless chance to make a change

Sleeping uneasy

Changes to Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

SIFA Fireside holds memorial service

New service user led forum

Diamonds in the Rough art exhibition

Cannock church shelter discussions

Westminster plan ban

Update on Poncho?

Detail on the Hub

Second phone count

Winter shelters follow the pack

Funding nothing new

Ex-rough sleeper up for literary prize

Reading police seek help in murder

Tent city recognised in Seattle

HRH at Arlington hostel

Zulu council in London

Squats for rent?

Debut album with royal backing

Heroin drought

Homeless to Harvard

Street Shield 20: Home again!


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