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Entertainment Windsor council goes ahead with controversial 'homeless fines'

18:56  12 february  2018
18:56  12 february  2018 Source:   honey.nine.com.au

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Windsor council (of Windsor Castle fame) has made the controversial decision to impose fines on homeless people in the area.

The Guardian reports that the "homelessness support strategy" will slap fines of £100 ($176AUD) for anyone who breaches new 'public space protection orders' (PSOSs) in the area – which includes Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and Eton – by begging, requesting money, leaving belongings (including bedding) in public, and urination or defecation in town centres.

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“ Homelessness is completely unacceptable in a caring, compassionate community such as ours,” he says. However, he goes on to say that the council has evidence that “a large number of adults that are begging in Windsor are Hundreds of homeless people fined and imprisoned in England and Wales.

Simon Dudley, leader of the borough council , made his controversial remarks about the town's rough "We are going to park right outside the castle." The Ark Project said it had picked up two rough sleepers from Windsor 's main streets. Royal wedding: Homeless in Windsor 'will not be moved on'.

This amount will apparently be cut to £50 ($88AUD) for early payment, but increased to £1000 ($1767AUD, along with a summary conviction) if there is failure to pay.

Those questioning the wisdom of the decision point out that it looks a lot like fining people for being homeless. And that the timing, with the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on May 19, has more to do with public image than public good.

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"We have accommodation for everyone who is sleeping rough. It’s the ones who don’t want our help that we have to do something about," Conservative councillor Jesse Grey told The Guardian.

"The genuine ones who sign up to the programme, we want to help, but we need some sort of action to serve our residents and our businesses."

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We are going to park right outside the castle.” The bus’s presence comes after Windsor council ’s Conservative leader Simon Dudley sparked controversy with a letter to Thames Valley Police saying rough sleepers should be removed ahead of the wedding.

Windsor council has been accused of punishing people for being homeless after plans emerged to fine rough sleepers £100 as part of a new “ homelessness support strategy”. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will impose public space protection orders (PSPOs)

The programme he's talking about starts from July 31 and requires homeless people to sign up for 56 days, during which they're offered housing and medical support. Those who don't take part risk prosecution including the fines above.

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Windsor council ’s Conservative leader, Simon Dudley, sparked controversy earlier this year with a letter to Thames Valley Police, saying rough sleepers should be removed from the Berkshire town before the wedding. But, after a backlash, it appeared no homeless people had been removed and

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Windsor council came under fire last month when council leader Simon Dudley suggested homeless people needed to be removed before the royal wedding, so they didn't cast the area in an "unfavourable light".

What made critics even angrier was Dudley's suggestion homelessness was a "voluntary choice".

And so this new strategy has many, including human rights groups, especially concerned.

"Instead of using public space protection orders to airbrush their streets by criminalising vulnerable people, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead should focus on helping them," advocacy group Liberty tweeted yesterday.

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"Do you think they want to be in this situation?" a Twitter user asked. "Obviously wont be able to pay their fines, so will end up in jail and further cost to the tax payer."

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"It's wrong to fine people for being homeless," wrote another. "Providing supportive housing rather than 'accommodation' has been proven [to] drive costs down & improve outcomes."

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"[It's] one of the richest boroughs in Britain," wrote journalist Liam O'Hare. "This is the sign of a sick society."

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Another royal wedding is also taking place at Windsor Castle this year: that of Harry's cousin Princess Eugenie and hospitality industry fiancé Jack Brooksbank.

At this stage, Kensington Palace has made no official comment on the situation.

9Honey has reached out to Windsor council for comment.

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