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GREATER MANCHESTER PENSION FUND EVICTION STAVED OFF BY HOMELESS
 

Star date: 23rd November 2016

APPEAL LODGED AS HOMELESS POSTPONE EVICTION FROM PIZZA EXPRESS BUILDING

Today, homeless people who are occupying the old Pizza Express building off King Street in Manchester city centre got a slight reprieve as they lodged an appeal against an eviction attempt by Greater Manchester Pension Fund.

"All indications are that if we don't get this appeal granted, the eviction will take place on Friday and we are asking for more support then" said Danny Jones of Manchester Activist Network.

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Manchester Activist Network occupy Pizza Express Manchester Manchester Activist Network occupy Pizza Express Manchester
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This morning, bailiffs along with a representative of Tameside Borough Council turned up to evict around thirty homeless people who have taken refuge in Old Colony House, which was formerly Pizza Express, off King Street in Manchester city centre.

They were unable to gain entry, and officers from Greater Manchester Police, who were assisting, offered at least a day for the occupiers to provide details of those living in the building to pass onto housing services to see if there's any help that can be given.

"This is them fulfilling their needs assessment before they evict" said Danny Jones from the Manchester Activist Network, which has now also lodged an appeal against the court possession order.

"All indications are that if we don't get this appeal granted, the eviction will take place on Friday and we are asking for more support then" added Danny "We are asking supporters to go to the Manchester Activist Network Facebook page for further news."

Tameside Borough Council is acting on behalf of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund which owns the building. The Fund, which has assets of over £17billion, holds pension money for the vast majority of public sector workers in the region.


For a full background see previous Salford Star articles – click here and click here

Photos by Steven Speed

Tahir Chakotai (Independent Housing Advocate) wrote
at 05:23:13 on 27 November 2016
I probably will sound like a scratched record, but once again I feel the following needs to be said. Some of these homeless people will qualify for accommodation if a Section 184, Application for Homelessness, is applied. If any of these homeless individuals are deemed "Mentally" or "Physically Disabled" and / or have a "Mental Health Condition", then they could qualify to be rehoused by the local council. As long as none of them have debts with their local council, they should be assessed immediately by Social Services, using the "Care Act of 2014", It clearly states that those with "Mental Disabilities" and / or "Mental Health" problems must be assessed and protected and all services must be provided to them as "Vulnerable Adults". If the Social Services Department have not already been to this building to assess those who are eligible for "Housing" and "Social Support", then they are "Neglecting their duties to "Protect" and "Support" the "Vulnerable", which is deemed an "Act of Abuse Towards a Vulnerable Adult". I hope my words do not fall, once again, on deaf ears. Kindest Regards, Tahir Chakotai, (Independent Housing Advocate).
 
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