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Source: Social Democratic and Labour Party of Northern Ireland

SDLP Homelessness spokesperson, Cllr Paul McCusker has slammed the fact that people across the North are being arrested simply for being homeless.

The Oldpark Councillor said:

“Homeless charity, Crisis have obtained startling figures from the PSNI, revealing that 258 arrests have been made as a result of people sleeping rough or begging. These figures are nothing short of a disgrace and should any of us who want to build a fair society.”

“It must be a source of shame that people in our society are criminalised for falling on hard times. We need to treat people with dignity and respect, giving them a hand up as opposed to kicking them when they are down. This inhumane law dehumanises the most vulnerable in our society, at the very time we should be supporting them.”

The Oldpark Councillor added:

“I will be writing urgently to the Communities Minister to ask her what plans she has to scrap the cruel and outdated Vagrancy Act.”

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