This briefing assesses local enforcement strategies related to rough sleepers, highlighting the choices being made between coercion and provision to meet needs
Police and local authority approaches to managing and assisting rough sleepers are shrouded in mystery, our latest briefing has found.
Rough sleeping: enforcement and austerity, published today, examines the use of powers contained in the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, by local authorities and police forces against rough sleepers.
Our senior policy associate, Rebecca Roberts, has a piece in today's Independent, which questions the value of increasing police officer numbers.
In the aftermath of the UK general election and following a series of horrific terrorist attacks, there have been growing calls for better resourcing of the police. With the consensus about austerity starting to crumble Rebecca argues that we should use it as an opportunity to re-think how we organise and fund public services.
This an abridged summary of a paper presented to the 'Policing the crisis' conference organised by Defend the Right to Protest
Richard Garside wrote the following article for a New Statesman special policy report on crime. The full report can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.