Re: Helping for the homeless.
Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:21 am
Trouble is , Colin , just one arm ... the whole body needs urgent attention.
There are no fixes for government policy or inaction unless the whole system changes, but we can at least give some help to the homeless. The local government policy of blaming homeless people for being homeless is a pathetic and cowardly excuse.
Homeless man doused with lighter fluid in Coventry park.
Two men poured lighter fluid over the hands of a homeless man and set him alight in an "extraordinarily appalling" attack.
The man was sleeping when it happened in the Swanswell Park & Pool area of Coventry, West Midlands Police said.
He suffered severe burns in the attack, which took place sometime between 22:00 GMT on Saturday and the early hours of Sunday.
The force has urged anyone with information to come forward.
Rough sleeping rises in nearly all England's major cities.
Estimated number of rough sleepers rose 13% in London and 60% in Birmingham but figure could be even higher.
Rough sleeping rose in almost all England’s major cities last year, and across five of its nine regions, according to official figures.
The estimated number of rough sleepers rose by 13% in London, 60% in Birmingham, and 31% in Manchester. The place with the largest number of rough sleepers was Westminster, where 386 people spend the night on the streets, up by 41%.
Some 4,677 people were counted or estimated to be sleeping on the streets in England according to the figures. This is 165% higher than in 2010, although charities say it is likely to be an underestimate.
In England as a whole there was a marginal 2% annual fall in rough sleepers – equivalent to 74 people, the first time national figures have not risen in eight years.
That overall figure will be a source of optimism for ministers, who have pledged to halve rough sleeping by 2022, and eradicate it entirely by 2027.
However, John Healey, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, said: “These new figures are desperately disappointing and show ministers must do much more to make good the huge damage done over the last eight years.
“This new count shows that rough sleeping has more than doubled since 2010, but even these figures mask the true scale of the problem, as the government’s numbers are well known to be flawed and a massive undercount of the true level of rough sleeping.”
Centrepoint’s head of public affairs, Paul Noblet, said: “Today’s snapshot statistics may show a slight decrease in the number of people rough sleeping but these figures are the tip of a much larger iceberg as they only attempt to count the number of people sleeping rough on one night of the year.
“We know that for every rough sleeper seen on our streets, there are many more hidden homeless people who are sofa-surfing, staying in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation or putting themselves in desperate situations to find a bed for the night.”
Research for Crisis charity by Heriot Watt University last year estimated 12,300 people in Britain were sleeping on the streets last year, with a further 12,000 spending the night in cars, trains, buses or tents.
The 10 local authority areas with highest rough sleeper numbers were: Westminster 306; Camden 141; Manchester 123; Birmingham 91; Bristol 82; Newham 79; Enfield 78; Hillingdon 70; City of London 67; and Brighton & Hove 64.
Rough sleeping figures fell in the south-east, the south-west, and the east of England. Brighton and Hove saw the biggest fall, down 114% year on year, although 68 people were still on the streets.
Rough sleeper figures are based on one night counts or paper estimates carried out in October or November. They are defined as people sleeping, about to bed down or bedded down on the street, in doorways, parks, tents, and sheds but does not include people in hostels or shelters.
Single mother takes government to court after being forced into homelessness due to housing benefit shortfall-
Woman deemed " intentionally homeless " after refusing to use benefits intended to cover basic living costs to cover weekly gap between housing benefit and rent.
Friends of a homeless man who died on a city centre street have said he was a victim of the "ruthless conditions" faced by rough sleepers.
Kane Walker was found in cardiac arrest near the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham.
Homeless people in the city told the BBC conditions were " Desperate " during the freezing weather.
Liam Byrne Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)
In the cold of Sunday, Kane Walker was found dead on the pavements of Birmingham. He was 31, and he became one of over 2,600 homeless people to have lost their lives in the last five years. When will the Prime Minister recognise that the scale of homelessness today is a moral emergency, and that we cannot wait until 2027 for this Government to end homelessness for good when we need action now?
Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party
First, we all want to ensure that everybody in this country can have a safe and secure roof over their head—that nobody has to be on the streets sleeping rough. That is why we are putting money into this. We have taken a number of initiatives like Housing First which are already showing benefits in helping people who would otherwise be homeless and could end up on the streets in having a home and dealing with the issues that ensure that they are able to stay in that home. This is something that we recognise the importance of. That is why we are putting money into it. That is why we are acting. That is why we are ensuring that action is being taken across the country to deal with this.