If you are concerned about local homelessness & rough sleeping please see below how you can help Cllr Dave Shields - Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing
Misuse of Public Space Protection Orders — Southampton bucks the Trend
Recently published figures show an 89% increase in the number of public space protection orders (PSPOs) issued by English local authorities over the last three years, leading to accusations by civil liberties groups that some Councils are engaging in a ‘form of social cleansing’. The number of £100 fines issued by Councils rose by 400%, from 1,906 in 2016 to 9,930 last year. 276 PSPOs were issued by 147 local authorities between August 2017 and January 2019, more than double the number issued between November 2014 and February 2016.
This is in stark contrast to the Labour-run Southampton City Council which – together with the Police – has adopted a more humane – and workable – response to anti-social behaviour linked to begging. This includes use by the Police of dispersal orders, Community Protection Notices and Criminal Behaviour Orders which target aggressive and prolific anti-social behaviour. This approach has been shown to be far more effective than blanket use of PSPO.
The City Council has also thrown its full support – together with local homeless and mental health charities, the business community, faith group leaders, the NHS and the police – behind the Southampton Street Support Action Groupcommitted to working together and involving people with real lived experience to tackle street homelessness and begging in the city as part of our shared vision that “Southampton is a city where no-one needs to sleep rough or beg”.