A summer of protest, unemployment and presidential politics – welcome to 1932 : The Conversation


Marches demonstrations, civic unrest, attacks by law enforcement and the military on protesting civilians: The parallels between the summer of 1932 and what is happening currently are striking.

Source: A summer of protest, unemployment and presidential politics – welcome to 1932 : The Conversation

 

Jobcentre teams to be sent on to streets to help homeless people


As yourself I am always skeptical on any Government initiative, especially around the DWP, however, there is always the chance this may be the one to trust no matter what as happened previously.

Govt Newspeak

Would you in all seriousness except the offer of any help off the DWP, especially with their hostile environment towards all benefit claimants?


Number living in temporary accommodation is at a 10-year high and newly homeless households are up 11%. 

Rough sleeper in London
 Staff will engage directly with homeless people rather than focusing on those who are already seeking help.

Jobcentre staff will be sent out on to the streets in teams to advise homeless people and rough sleepers on how to find housing and work and access benefits, the government has announced.

A £3m fund is being set up to pay for the outreach teams in the 2020-21 financial year. It will also be used to bolster projects that jobcentres are already involved in along with other organisations, such as the Salvation Army in Cardiff, Crisis in Edinburgh and Teardrops in St Helens, Merseyside, to support homeless people.

Figures released by the government in December…

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Homeless illegally turned away by councils : Vox Political


“People who have nowhere to sleep or are about to lose their homes are being turned away illegally by councils, BBC Scotland can reveal.

Local authorities have a legal obligation to find accommodation for people facing homelessness.

Government statistics show that most people are made homeless following a family breakdown or household dispute.

Legal experts told the BBC that people were being unlawfully turned away by councils, despite their statutory duty.”

 

Source: Homeless illegally turned away by councils : Vox Political

PM refuses to back bid to scrap law that criminalises rough sleepers


It is shameful that Theresa May will not scrap this law and that being so would it be possible to review this Act so that it becomes more relevant to the 21st Century.

This being that now, as it was not so in 1824 there are other means to consider people who are homeless. Rather than criminalise them the Law should be reviewed so that there is a commitment or ‘Duty of Care’ on every Local Authority to do everything possible to minimise homelessness. Many of these homeless persons will be there due to circumstances, which in many ways would be outwith their control and therefore each individual should be considered so that their life could be changed in such a way that they are given choices that are mutually agreed upon and not just dealt with like an object that can be bungled away.

Like everyone these homeless persons also have rights and deserve the choice to lead a reasonable life.

Sanctioned for not being able to sign on on bank holiday Monday. Tears, frustration and rain.


The poor side of life

Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.

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We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy.  But it’s a whole lot harder for them.

I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at  Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…

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Muslim-Owned Restaurant Offers The True Spirit of Christmas.


Exactly, the True Spirit of Christmas.

Kindness Blog

A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is offering a three-course meal to homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day so that “no one eats alone”.

Shish Restaurant, in Sidcup, is asking local residents to spread the word of its offer and has put up posters saying “We are here to sit with you” on 25 December.

The restaurant urged people to share its plan through social media – where the initiative was widely praised.

Vicky Lanfear wrote on Facebook:

“This is the most selfless gesture I have ever seen and they should be recognised as a pillar of the community.”

Suzannah Harris added:

“What a lovely gesture; a restaurant that gives something back instead of merely seeing Xmas as a time to cash in. Will definitely visit in the new year if ever in the area.”

Linda Leach wrote:

“There is still kindness in this world. Amazing people.”

The FREE three-course…

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Social housing firm is evicting 74 families – to make way for the homeless : Mirror.


Surely, the intention to house the homeless would be in existing vacated property, not people being forced to vacate property to accommodate this. I would say that Stef & Philips are not ‘fit for purpose’ and the awarding of this contract by  Peterborough City Council should be withdrawn.

Kind Strangers Saved Me When I Tried to Kill Myself – by DrizztDo


Kindness Blog

suicide wallpaperI was in a really tough spot a couple of years ago. I was 24, homeless, and extremely depressed. I had recently stopped shooting Heroin (for about 6 months) hoping my life would magically turn around, but the depression and anxiety were still there.

I had to beg for change to get my next meal, live in filthy clothes, and sleep in a tent by a river infested with spiders and mosquitos.

It was the 4th of July and my 24th birthday was only a couple of days away. I remember thinking about how I missed my family, and how impossible it seemed to turn my life around.

Some kind stranger gave me $30 dollars, and I got it in my head that buying a fifth of cheap vodka and $20 of black tar (Heroin) was an easy way out. I went to a park and drank like half the…

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