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Closed petition Ban Anti-Homeless Architecture

Anti-homeless architecture includes street spikes, slanted/curved benches, armrests on benches, barred corners, rocky pavements etc. These make life harder and more dangerous for the homeless and rough sleepers. Parliament must ban anti-homeless architecture to protect the safety of rough sleepers.

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Since 2010 rough sleeping has more than doubled. Overall, an estimated 320,000 people are homeless in the UK, with approximately 4,000 to 5,000 people bedding down each night. In 2018 alone, 726 people died while homeless. Yet councils respond to this by erecting anti-homeless architecture around the country. This is unethical. The government is only making it harder for already-vulnerable people to find a safe space to spend the night. Ban anti-homeless architecture.

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Recent Parliamentary debates on homelessness, evictions, and the Vagrancy Act

Over the last two weeks, there have been two debates in Parliament which relate to the issues raised by this petition.

Find links to watch each debate, read the transcripts and access other relevant material on the following webpages:

Nickie Aiken MP’s Westminster Hall debate: Repealing and replacing the Vagrancy Act 1824: https://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/vagrancy-act-1824/index.html

Lord Bird’s Question for short debate: Evictions resulting from covid-19-induced poverty: https://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/covid-19--poverty-and-mass-evictions-/index.html

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