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MANCHESTER HOMELESS CAMP GETS REPRIEVE
 

Star date: 21st April 2015

HOMELESS EVICTION POSTPONED FOR AT LEAST A WEEK

The eviction of the Albert Square homeless camp, set up after a march on Manchester City Council last week, has been postponed pending a court hearing next Tuesday.

Around twenty homeless people have set up the camp to draw attention to the problem and Scott, originally from Salford, told the Salford Star, "All we want is to be heard"...

Full details here...


Manchester Homeless Camp Homeless Action March Homeless Action March
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At lunchtime yesterday Manchester City Council served a possession order on the camp that has been set up in Albert Square to draw attention to the plight of the homeless.

The camp was set up following a Homeless Action march last Wednesday (see previous Salford Star article click here) and around twenty people are currently staying there, including Scott, a Salfordian who has been homeless off and on for ten years.

"We're doing it because we want them to start building more council houses and housing association flats for people like us to live in" he says "We can't afford these new builds because we can't get mortgages. We want somewhere to go that's not a hostel... Narrowgate is just a stop gap 7pm-7am and then you've still got twelve hours to walk around, that's not the answer.

"We came to the Town Hall square because it is a symbol of the powers that have taken the decisions that have created this homelessness" he adds "They have hiding the problem of homelessness for so long. Homelessness here is chronic, no-one's got anywhere to go and they won't listen. All we want is to be heard."

According to official figures, Salford has just 14 rough sleepers, a figure in itself that has doubled in a year. Salford's Coffee4Craig organisation, which helps the homeless, reckons the number is well over forty (see previous Salford Star article click here).

Meanwhile a report from Shelter last December, based on Government figures, showed that one person in every 63 in Salford is at risk of eviction, the second highest rate in the North West, and only second to Manchester (see previous Salford Star article click here).

Instead of solving the problem, Manchester City Council seemed intent on evicting the homeless who have set up tents in Albert Square. However this afternoon, campaigners learned that the possession order has been postponed until next Tuesday.

"Why are people more angry about tents in Albert Square than the fact that we are homeless?" asks Lee, 22, one of the camp's residents.

The most striking poster at the camp reads `KEEP YOUR COINS! I WANT CHANGE'....

UPDATE: 23rd April

Human Rights challenge to Manchester City Council from the Camp - click here

Taxpayer wrote
at 16:16:38 on 25 April 2015
I have emailed Manchester city council and reminded them that they own nothing. Every building and all land is owned by the taxpayers , and not this greedy , grubby council . I have ordered the council to let the protesters camp out on our property until they are housed. I have also given my permission for the homeless to use the toilet facilities within our town hall .

adele wrote
at 14:34:53 on 22 April 2015
Going out and counting 'rough sleepers' once a year on a predefined route is no longer reflective of the actual situation. I would like to know the routes that salford and manchester councils take and at what time of year to achieve these figures. Do these routes happen to be part of the police move on, no sleeping here? We have projects like Mad dogs and Coffee for Craig who go out and have regular clients who begin to take on personalities. What are our councils doing about homeless 'rough sleepers' ? What figures have they got for homeless on the housing register, using already in situ council night services/shelters? How do these figures all together look? Well gotta say, Mad dogs can see 30 clients of an evening, regular as clockwork. More that the council says . . .

Adam Brooke wrote
at 14:34:50 on 22 April 2015
I find it a disgrace that Sir Howard Bernstein is paid over 200, 000 per year (more than the Prime Minister) and this council are making single people street homeless. I have personally witnessed members of the homeless assessment team being hostile and rude to people presenting as homeless. To appeal a decision it takes the very hostile appeals officer 8 weeks to review it. I hope the camp grows and I hope the Labour council are out soon!!!!

Tahir Chakotai wrote
at 05:42:53 on 22 April 2015
Who the hell documented that there was only 14 rough sleepers in Manchester? Someone is obviously massaging the figures. I was helping out a charity last week, and finished at 10:30pm. As I drove my mobility scooter home, I spotted at least 25 rough sleepers, who were huddled in the door ways, on Market Street. Going past St Anne's Square, I noticed another 15 or so rough sleepers. And on Deansgate I spotted a further 10 rough sleepers. And last but not least, by the Renneisance Hotel, I spotted a further 4 rough sleepers. There is absolutely no doubt that Manchesters homeless problem is more serious than the council is making out. These people should have a right to a decent home. We are not a third world country. There is absolutely no reason why anyone should be homeless in this day and age. I think it's time the council stop spending money on expanding its city for the rich, and start focusing on the poor and destitute, who most certainly are a more worthy cause.

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