The Council of Westminster is attempting to move the homeless out of their area by banning sleeping rough, and the Methodist Church has called for a ban on absurd laws. From Methodist Media:
The Methodist Church has condemned plans by Westminster City Council to ban rough sleeping and soup runs for the homeless as ‘disgusting’ and ‘absurd’.
The Council is planning to pass a by-law that that would ban rough sleeping and prohibit soup runs from operating in a designated area around Westminster Cathedral. If approved, the by-law could be in place by October.
Revd Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Conference, said: “Westminster Council’s proposals are nothing short of disgusting. This by-law punishes people solely for their misfortune and belongs in a Victorian statute book, not in the laws of a decent 21st century community. In the 18th Century John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, described those who would punish and blame the poor for their misfortune as ‘foolish and wicked’. These words seem appropriate for such an appalling piece of legislation.”