Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has welcomed the news that the Government will repeal the Vagrancy Act.
An amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, announced yesterday, will repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824 in full. The Bill will return to the House of Commons on Monday for consideration of Lords amendments.
Layla began the national campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act in 2018 when a group of Oxford students brought the issue to her attention. She has campaigned tirelessly since then, and secured a number of parliamentary debates discussing the Act and ending rough sleeping, as well as continually pressing Government figures for action.
Layla Moran said:
“After years of campaigning I am elated that we have consigned this archaic and cruel law to history. No one should be criminalised for sleeping rough, especially by a piece of legislation passed in the Georgian era.
“This is testament to the hard work of so many people: the students who first brought the issue to my attention, and to our campaign partners Crisis.
“This can transform the way we talk about rough sleeping and homelessness in this country, from criminalisation to compassion.
“While we can celebrate today, tomorrow we return to the hard work of holding the government to account on their manifesto commitment to ending rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament.”