This is disgraceful – what on earth has this country come to? This is the test from the petition:
“Worthing Council’s proposed ‘Public Space Protection Order’ will give the police and council officers the power to ban “anti-social” activities such as sleeping rough (defined as overnight camping) or begging. Those who breach an order could be issued with a £50 fixed penalty notice or a fine of up to £1,000 for non-payment. This law will effectively criminalise someone for being homeless. This is at a time when the night shelters in Worthing, a safe haven for homeless people unable to access other services have just closed due to a lack of resources. This will hit already very vulnerable people who will be left with nowhere else to go.
This PSPO will also legitimise prejudice towards homeless people. This law will only lead to marginalising the homeless further, exacerbating the problem so they will be less able to seek the support they need. We already know that homeless people are amongst the most vulnerable in our society and are already victims of exceptionally high levels of violence, crime and victimisation which is often committed by the general public and largely goes unreported.”
You can read the rest of the text and sign the petition here: Link
I was reminded of this beautiful song – There But For Fortune
I know that as Christians we might see this differently – not as ‘fortune’ but as a spiritual situation that God is in charge of.
I used to be able to sing this song – but as I type this through my tears I realise how much I have changed in those years in between – the grey hairs and the compassionate, easily broken heart that weeps for this world and what we are doing to people who were made in God’s image.
An emotional post today.
God Bless you