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SALFORD ROUGH SLEEPING ALMOST DOUBLES
 

Star date: 26th January 2018

AS SALFORD SQUAT GETS COURT DATE, MASSIVE INCREASE IN ROUGH SLEEPING

As figures are revealed showing rough sleeping in Salford almost doubling from 26 people in December 2016 to 49 in December 2017, the homeless people currently taking refuge in a Peel Holdings building in Eccles face court on Monday.

Meanwhile, this morning the 'Homeless Hotel' squat in Manchester city centre was evicted.

Full details here...


New figures revealed by the Government show that rough sleeping in Salford has almost doubled, from 26 people in December 2016 to 49 in December 2017, and the increase over the last seven years has been staggering.

In 2010 just four people were classed as rough sleepers in the city. By 2015 this had risen to 16, with 26 in 2016, and now 49. Many believe that the figures don't reflect the true number, as they are arrived at following a count on one night by Salford City Council. The Government describes them as "single night snapshots of the number of people sleeping rough"...

Elsewhere in Greater Manchester, rough sleeping counts have also increased, with Tameside recording 43 rough sleepers, compared to 19 the previous year; Bolton 17 compared to eight previously, Bury 10 compared to three previously and Manchester recording 94 compared to 78 the previous year.

As the official figures rise, homeless people have taken matters into their own hands, occupying empty buildings and setting up D.I.Y. night shelters. In Eccles, homeless people have taken refuge in an empty office building owned by Peel Holdings.* They face a possession order hearing in court next Monday.

In Manchester, homeless people who took over an empty building on King Street owned by Aviva and set up the 'Homeless Hotel'**, were evicted this morning at 5:30am... "We're all on the streets again" they said in a social media video, adding that they are an "embarrassment" to Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.

Burnham revealed plans to tackle homelessness yesterday which included a £1.8million Social Impact Bond "granted to help entrenched rough sleepers, with 50 currently in the process and another 200 referred for help"; a new cold weather plan which will see "emergency support given as soon as temperatures hit freezing in a national first" and "1,000 emergency beds available and used as part of the cold weather plan"... "While the figures are getting worse, our response is getting better" he said...

But Angela Barratt, from Salford Manchester Street Support, outlined the problems that Burnham and his Homelessness chief, Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett, face...

"Things are just going to get worse unless we have more homes that everyone can afford" she told the Salford Star "The Council needs to use good practice - if they cannot help people facing homelessness or who are homeless, give them correct advice instead of turning them away if they have no connection to the city.

"Another big problem is people getting into rent arrears due to Universal Credit, causing misery across our city" she added "There needs to be money put into a 24 hour hub for homeless people to go for support, and a night shelter. There is too much red tape involved and too much money being poured into the wrong channels. None of this money is going directly to the street homeless people and this is the problem.

"There are lots of groups helping homeless people and picking up the pieces of broken lives and deaths but the City Council needs to do more" she concluded.


For background see previous Salford Star articles...

*Peel Holdings Salford Building Squatted By Homeless – click here

**'Ethical' Aviva Tries To Evict New Homeless Squat – click here

As Salford Homeless Man Dies, Uncle Wants to Know Why It's Not Being reported – click here

Michael James Felse wrote
at 18:27:30 on 28 January 2018
I urge Salford Mayor to give details of the £7million Government cash expected for Greater Manchester. How much is allocated to Salford and what is the plan. I ask all Salford Councillors to search their hearts and minds to end homelessness. Make it none political. I know you have the means and connections to sort it. I also know if I was Mayor it would be sorted. End of.
 
Caroline Gray wrote
at 18:26:50 on 28 January 2018
i have been homeless with 6 children [bindloss our home 1 real home ] so i no ..they government does a great lot to help ..but most are on drugs or alcohol
 
Naz wrote
at 14:10:25 on 28 January 2018
Hi I see homeless people every day in Manchester City centre l feel sorry for them this shouldn’t be happening the universal credit benefits are putting everyone or should I say most people out on the streets that is not good for any one.
 
wrote
at 10:20:59 on 27 January 2018
I remember Felsey predict the doubling homeless numbers every 2 years. At this rate numbers of homeless in Salford will double five times in next 12 years to over 1000. And Greater Manchester to 20,000. Let us hope Felsey is wrong for once and Burnham is right. Hope Andy can fix it. Any good betting odds at BetFred?
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 10:20:04 on 27 January 2018
Please, the curiosity is killing me. I am dying to know.You know what a nosey bastard I am. What did they do with that £1.3million?
 
Stuart Potts wrote
at 19:17:08 on 26 January 2018
Completely ridiculous our government they all should try a couple of nights on the streets and see how it really feels they wouldn't last a night 🌃 Peel could of let us stay in the building 🏢 we are in and looking after for them but they chose not to big bullies
 
Rachel wrote
at 19:16:51 on 26 January 2018
Tell you what.stop giving prioty to immigrants and sort out our own 1st. So annoys me that come to this country and you get everything free.work for this country.hit hard times and you are treated like a 2nd class citizen. What happened to the days where you could walk into a housing office and walk out with keys to your new home. Oh yes they let too many immigrants in.and let the Tories in to stop building social housing. This government and country needs to wake up and look at it's own problems before we try sorting out everyone else's. Never mind giving billions away to starving kids in a country we never heard of.we have starving children here.because you cut tax credits.halted raises. There are families here that can't afford the basics.heating and light.and these are not the lay about doleys these are hard working people.
 
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