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
Late on Christmas Eve the government issued a press release to say 200 former rough sleepers would spend Christmas Day 2019 off the streets. How heartwarming … Yet what the government failed…
Source: Housing First is a costly charade! – Speye Joe
“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
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.
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that Stef & Philips are not ‘fit for purpose’ and the awarding of this contract by Peterborough City Council should be withdrawn.