Proposal to limit London soup kitchens dropped

London Councils has dropped a proposal that would have prohibited soup kitchens that provide food for homeless people from operating in certain areas.

The plan to limit the activities of soup kitchens was included in a London Local Authority Bill consultation document.

But London Councils has confirmed that the proposal to license soup kitchens – tabled by Westminster Council because of its concerns about what it saw as the excessive amount of such facilities – had been excluded from the bill.

London Councils said in a statement: “Leaders are instead setting up a cross-party working group to look at the challenges involved and to explain the good work that is already being done by the boroughs, charitable partners and voluntary organisations in assisting rough sleepers to get off the streets.”

Councillor Clyde Loakes, leader of Waltham Forest Council and a member of London Councils’ Labour group, said: “London’s soup kitchens provide vital support to many of our most vulnerable people and it would have been completely unacceptable for this measure to have been passed.”

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