UK’s Indian-origin minister Suella Braverman plans to ban tents for homeless people

Sue-Ellen Cassiana Braverman KC is a British politician and barrister who assumed the role of Home Secretary of the United Kingdom on October 25, 2022. She previously served as Home Secretary from September 6 to October 19, 2022, during Prime Minister Liz Truss’s tenure. As a member of the Conservative Party, she chaired the European Research Group from 2017 to 2018. Braverman also held the position of Attorney General for England and Wales, with terms from 2020 to March 2021 and again from September 2021 to 2022. She has represented Fareham as a Member of Parliament (MP) since 2015.

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Suella Braverman, the UK Home Secretary, has generated controversy by characterizing homelessness as a “lifestyle choice” adopted by some individuals in the country, especially those from abroad. She expressed concerns about the proliferation of tents on the streets, many of which are occupied by people she believes have willingly chosen to live on the streets. Braverman, who oversees the interior ministry, has proposed taking action against rough sleepers who use tents, aiming to prevent British cities from experiencing problems similar to those in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where high levels of homelessness are associated with issues like crime and drug addiction. Her statements have faced criticism from the Opposition, and even some members of her own political party have distanced themselves from her remarks. UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, when asked about the comments, declined to reiterate them and highlighted the government’s commitment to addressing homelessness and rough sleeping through a £2 billion investment over the next few years.

Braverman’s series of tweets also mentioned the government’s efforts to assist individuals experiencing homelessness due to alcohol and narcotic addictions. She expressed a desire to provide support and options for those who don’t want to be sleeping rough, including treatment for those with drug and alcohol addiction. However, she emphasized the need to address behaviors such as aggressive begging, stealing, drug use, littering, and causing distress to others in public spaces. The remarks made by the Home Secretary have raised concerns about oversimplifying and stigmatizing the complex issue of homelessness, and the government’s proposed measures to address rough sleeping have faced opposition from various quarters. The broader debate on homelessness and how to address it in the UK continues to be a significant social and political issue. Braverman sparked a controversy earlier this year when she suggested sending asylum seekers in the UK to Rwanda.