IARS has drawn on the voices of young Londoners to submit a joint response with StopWatch to the Home Office’s consultation on police powers to promote and maintain public order.

The consultation focused upon three key proposals: the removal of the word ‘insulting’ from Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, changes to police powers to request the removal of face coverings, and the introduction of wider powers of curfew.

IARS and StopWatch’s response highlights the subjectivity of what might be considered to be ‘insulting’. It also draws attention to the implications of changing powers to request the removal of face coverings for the infringement of human rights, particularly those relating to religious freedoms as set out in Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights. With regards to the proposals around wider powers of curfew, the costliness, ineffectiveness and the unenforceability of curfews was emphasised.

Members of StopWatch contributed their evidence and expertise to the response. The submission was further strengthened by the voices of young Londoners, who responded to a survey exploring their views on the key proposals set out in the consultation document. the findings from this survey were referred to throught the consultation response.

A copy of the consultation response can be downloaded from our online library, by clicking here.

For further information about IARS’ policy work or to express an interest in working on a joint submission in the future, please contact Rachel Cass – r.cass@iars.org.uk