MP for the Cities of London & Westminster welcomes the Government amendment in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to repeal the Vagrancy Act.
For more than a decade, Nickie has campaigned to improve services and support for rough sleepers, and has worked alongside Crisis, St Mungo's and The Passage to secure the Vagrancy Act repeal.
Repealing the Act will ensure rough sleepers are no longer criminalised.
Speaking out, Nickie exclaimed,
"The Government has tabled an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that comes back to Parliament next Monday, the 28th where the Vagrancy Act is being repealed. Many of you will know that I have campaigned to have the Vagrancy Act repealed for years and particularly since I've been in Parliament. So I am absolutely delighted and extremely proud of the work that I have done alongside Crisis, St Mungo's and The Passage.
"This is a victory for common sense and it means that rough sleepers will no longer be criminalised. It is about helping people turn their lives around. The debate will be next Monday and I look forward to taking part in it and thank you for all your support in helping secure the repeal of the Vagrancy Act."