Stoke-on-Trent council is considering fines for homeless people who are drinking alcohol in public places, begging "persistently", hanging around in public toilets and putting up tents. Offenders would be charged £100 on the spot with the threat of a £1,000 fine in court if they fail to pay. Different charities have expressed their concern.
FEANTSA strongly condemns the criminalisation of homelessness. We believes there is an alternative. With the Homeless Bill of Rights, Housing Rights Watch proposes a rights-based approach that can improve the lives of homeless people.