Jesuits join campaign against draconian changes to Vagrancy Act

April 13, 2024

Proposed legislation could lead to the criminalisation of rough sleeping

An open letter has been sent from the clergy responsible for churches and parishes in the West End of London to Nickie Aiken, MP for Cities of London and Westminster, and Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party. In it, we express extreme concern at the proposed legislation to criminalise the poorest in the UK who have no choice but to sleep rough on the streets and the lack of consultation thus far with those responding to the needs of the homeless on the ground.

As reported in Premier Christian News, "The proposed amendments are part of the Government's Criminal Justice Bill, set to be reviewed by Parliament after the Easter recess. The bill seeks to repeal and replace the Vagrancy Act 1824, introducing new measures that grant police and local authorities powers to "address" rough sleeping as a "public nuisance." To read the rest of this article, please click here.

You can listen to an interview with Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is leading on our response to this issue, on Premier Christian Radio here.

The open letter can be read in full on the Independent Catholic News website here.

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash

Climate change - the minimum expectations

May 22, 2023

We are joining a coalition urging investment managers to halt support for fossil fuel expansion

How am I finding Lent? How is Lent finding me?

March 7, 2022

In this reflection, Father Tom Shufflebotham reminds us of the special power of Lent.

Catholic listeners - a new service for those wishing to connect with their faith

May 23, 2022

The helpline is open three days a week from 4pm to 7pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Earthquake appeal concert raises money for those in need

March 21, 2023

Jesuit Missions hosted a fundraiser at Farm Street Church in central London to help those affected