Around 500 campaigners and homeless people protested against a Tory council’s plan to ban soup kitchens in central London last week.
Westminster council wants to outlaw soup runs—and even make “lying down or sleeping in a public place” a criminal offence.
It is planning £500 fines for anyone who gives “free refreshments” to homeless people—such as soup, bread and water.
Tory minister Sir George Young says giving “handouts” to homeless people “encourages them to a lifestyle which is not in their best interest”.
Home secretary Theresa May has put a clause in a new law that would let the council fine “offenders” and seize the soup, cooking equipment and even vans.