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Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of national homelessness charity Crisis, has been announced as the Chair of the Scottish Government’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group. The announcement was made in a statement to the Scottish Parliament by Minister for Local Government and Housing Minister, Kevin Stewart MSP.
Crisis responds to a complaint filed with the EU Commission against the UK Government’s policy of detaining rough sleepers from the European Economic Area and sending them back to their country of origin. The complaint comes from FEANTSA – a respected umbrella body representing homelessness organisations across Europe - who claim the policy abuses EU free movement rights and criminalises vulnerable people.