More than 100 councils and charities pledge to reject government rough sleeper deportation rules

More than 100 organisations have pledged not to co-operate with Home Office policies that can lead to rough sleepers being deported, the charity behind the campaign has said.

Nine local authorities – the Greater London Authority, Southwark Council, Islington Council, Hackney Council, Bristol Council, Haringey Council, Greenwich Council, Lewisham Council and Lambeth Council – have backed,

Nine local authorities – the Greater London Authority, Southwark Council, Islington Council, Hackney Council, Bristol Council, Haringey Council, Greenwich Council, Lewisham Council and Lambeth Council – have backed Homeless Link’s #SupportDon’tDeport campaign.

Homelessness charities and other support organisations make up the remainder of the 112 signatories.

Post-Brexit changes to Home Office immigration rules, which came into force in January, make rough sleeping grounds for refusing or cancelling a person’s leave to remain in the UK. The amendments drew immediate criticism from organisations working with homeless people.

In April, the government issued guidance which clarified that an individual’s leave to remain in the UK can only be refused or cancelled if “a person has repeatedly refused suitable offers of support and engaged in persistent anti-social behaviour”.

It said local authorities can refer individuals to the Immigration Enforcement National Command and Control Unit “because of their offending or anti-social behaviour and where the person has failed to cooperate with offer of support”.

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