The new offence, introduced under clause 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, will be punishable by up to six months' jail and fines up to £5,000 in England and Wales.Haven't we got enough homelessness in Wales without having any more Tory inspired legislation imposed on us? Isn't the changes to Housing Benefit going to increase homelessness enough without criminalising squatting. I really don't know where Local Authorities are going to get the money to meet their statutory responsibilities in respect of homelessness.
We have had several examples recently of Westminster Minister's interfering in devolved areas of responsibility in Wales, but we hear not a murmur from either the Welsh Government or the Assembly. If they don't fight the corner of Wales's poor and disadvantaged who the hell does? Yet another example of Carwyn's Government sleeping on the job and the opposition parties providing no scrutiny or challenge.