Southend Borough Council want to criminalise destitution

It’s about funnelling people deemed incapable of adding value to capital into the prison-industrial system where they can do so.

Southend Borough Council have proposed a Public Space Protection Order which when you drill down into it, effectively equates poverty with anti-social behaviour and will makes it nigh on impossible for any homeless person in the town centre to avoid breaking the law: Fines for begging and sleeping in Southend’s town centre being considered. It was only a few posts ago that we highlighted Southend Borough Council’s less than sympathetic attitude towards homeless people: Shifting responsibility for homelessness.

All this is about is an attempt to sweep the issue of homelessness and rough sleeping under the carpet. The problem is that as society becomes ever more fractured and precarious, the number of homeless people is soaring. All it takes is a redundancy and a few missed mortgage or rent payments and the illusion of security that many people think they enjoy dissolves into the horror of having to contemplate life…

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