Friday, 21 October 2016

Rough Sleepers Threatened With Fines

Rough sleepers in an affluent suburb have been threatened with £100 fines. Rushcliffe Borough Council said rough sleepers had been "causing a nuisance" in West Bridgford, a suburb of Nottingham nicknamed Bread and Lard Island because of its large houses. Local MPs criticised the measures, with one saying they "punish victims of the housing crisis". Rushcliffe Borough Council said the fixed penalty notices would be used as a "last resort" .If people fail to pay the initial £100 fixed penalty notices they may be prosecuted, with the maximum fine being £1,000. Councils in  other areas, such as Hackney in London, have backtracked on similar plans following campaigns. Read more on the BBC website.

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