It seeks views on measures to criminalise trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment in England and Wales.
It also seeks to consult on what an alternative approach to this could be by amending sections of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994:
- to permit the police to direct trespassers to suitable authorised sites located in neighbouring local authority areas
- to increase the period of time in which trespassers directed from land would be unable to return from 3 months to 12 months
- to lower the number of vehicles needing to be involved in an unauthorised encampment before police powers can be exercised from six to two or more vehicles
- to enable the police to remove trespassers from land that forms part of the highway.
This consultation from the Home Office runs from 5 November 2019 to 4 March 2020.