Petition Repeal the Vagrancy Act 1824

The Vagrancy Act 1824 makes it an offence to sleep rough or beg.

It is a barbaric, archaic law that criminalises the very existence of those homeless forced to take to the streets or beg for survival.

Scotland & Ireland removed this outdated law decades ago - England & Wales must join them.

More details

Though created almost two centuries ago, recent years have seen the Vagrancy Act abused in absurd and unnecessary ways. In 2014, three men were arrested and charged under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 for taking food from bins outside an Iceland supermarket in Kentish Town, North London.

There is no justice to be found here: this Act is a mockery of justice; it serves no purpose but the punishment, persecution, and stigmatisation of some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Sign this petition

5,348 signatures

Show on a map


At 10,000 signatures...

At 10,000 signatures, government will respond to this petition

At 100,000 signatures...

At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament

Share this petition