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Homeless charities slam ‘open season’ on street people


Police and vigilantes are seeking to ‘other’ people on the street, says chief executive of Crisis.

Charities have expressed concern about an “open season” on homeless people following tough language by police and political figures and vigilante threats to “fake homeless”.

Those working on the frontline suggested that rough sleepers and others might be facing a cold climate in a broader sense even as a major operation swung into action to shelter homeless people amid heavy snow and falling temperatures.

At least one homeless man has died during the freezing weather: he was found dead on Tuesday in his tent in the snow in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Police in Cambridgeshire claimed last week that every single “homeless” beggar in Ely was making “substantial amounts of money” and that the city had no genuine rough sleepers.

In Ipswich, by contrast, there a number of initiatives to help homeless people.

Anyone with concerns about someone sleeping rough can make a report to StreetLink, which will be sent to street outreach teams.

Written by Andrew Coates

March 4, 2018 at 12:32 pm

Posted in Cuts, DWP, Esther McVey, Food Banks

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  1. OT: Future of work coming to a college near you, right soon… oh its already here

    Could you cope with eight different jobs a week?

    “Could you cope with eight different jobs a week? Alice did it last year trying to make ends meet.

    It’s not the lifestyle you imagine for a highly educated associate lecturer.

    Insecure work isn’t something you’d normally associate with the world of academia.

    But that’s all Alice, aged 31, has ever known.

    “It’s just exhausting. You’ve got no security. And you’ve always got to be scouting for work for the next term or academic year.

    “Financially, it’s impossible. In terms of the future, friends have houses, got mortgages, cars. I’ve no savings, living in debt and there’s the impact on my mental health. I’ve suffered from anxiety and depression from my work situation.” ”
    ME: I look at this as a snapshot of the hidden corners of the Jobs market. Its very revealing. Does anybody see the hallmarks? Left behind, money not enuff from main job so need 8 jobs. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Zero Hour Work, you know its for the best and is Britain’s Bright Future, coming right soon to the middle classes. /snark off


    March 4, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    • “I’m stuck in this limbo position.- as millions are.

      It’s ridiculous given the level of knowledge and experience I have. – the future as sad as it is.


      March 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm

  2. The yellow card system

    Everything is complex according to DWP, except though the one to sanction in an instant.

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has now admitted that the move has been postponed because “an evaluation has proved complex” – and that no date for its implementation has been agreed.



    March 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    • they have waited at least 3 months b4 trying to sanction me in the hope i did not keep any paperwork about what it was for and about to try to get one to stick but im not that stupid and keep everything as i know what they are like.

      it seems if you cant find anyone to employ you then they go in to sanction mode and use that to remove you from benefits with what ever they can come up with like being 1 min late to an appointment then 2-3 months later dump a sanction doubt on you and then it is up to you to prove them wrong.

      there is nothing complex about it sanctions = bonus for dwp staff to the tune of millions per year.


      March 4, 2018 at 4:43 pm

  3. While is was a lot colder one rough sleepers tent had its fly sheet stolen, – go on freeze to death is what they are saying.

    now though someone has bought this rough sleeper a new tent with fly sheet attached, while many of us buy hot/cold food etc.


    March 4, 2018 at 2:49 pm

  4. Foxglove

    March 4, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    • And why should we Dear Foxglove? We’ve travelled a long way to reach your emerald isle 😀 The indigenous population are a hardy lot, more suited to sleeping rough especially in extremely cold weather 😀

      Immi Grunt

      March 5, 2018 at 6:00 am

  5. “The Scottish Government donates an annual £50,000 to £60.000 of taxpayers’ money to Positive Action in Housing – I’m not cool with that.”

    “BIG-HEARTED homeowners are being asked to take in a refugee.

    Glasgow-based charity Positive Action in Housing said so far more than 6700 households have signed up to host destitute refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable people in a crisis.

    So far the charity has provided more than 60,000 nights of shelter across the UK for refugee families, individuals and young unaccompanied asylum seekers.

    But more are needed to help with the refugee crisis.

    Positive Action in Housing pioneered the UK’s first refugee hosting programme in 2002 in response to an increasing number of refugees being forced into destitution.

    Room for Refugees offers temporary, free shelter in people’s homes to people from refugee communities who have no recourse to public funds or emergency housing.

    The charity said the programme is entirely voluntary and no money changes hands.

    To sign up or for more information see http://www.paih.org“


    Homeless & Hungry

    March 5, 2018 at 6:23 am

  6. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.


    March 5, 2018 at 9:05 am

  7. The soaring homeless.

    Vulnerable children forced into homelessness as local authorities routinely ignore child protection laws

    Families forced to spend nights in A&E waiting rooms, night buses and police stations after being denied emergency housing by local councils



    March 5, 2018 at 11:41 am

  8. Andrew Coates

    March 5, 2018 at 11:58 am

  9. Death

    March 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

  10. £36.000 wasted fitting 10 gender neutral toilets in home office, meanwhile outside in the cold the homeless are lining up to die.



    March 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    • There is always the smell of shit wafting through the corridors of the house of scumbags, it’s full of parasitical turds!


      March 5, 2018 at 2:29 pm

  11. Man had benefits sanctioned because he was having surgery and was evicted from his home
    (Tory and dwp mindset)!



    March 5, 2018 at 1:52 pm

  12. Note: This Blog has a policy of no-tolerance for racism.

    Racists can find their own sites, or write on the Daily Mail’s comments section.

    Andrew Coates

    March 5, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    • Looks like a Tory Chat Bot. Tories I will malfunction your chat bots in 5 mins

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 5, 2018 at 10:45 pm

  13. Homeless charity helped target rough sleepers to deport

    St Mungo’s cooperated with Home Office patrols looking for migrant rough sleepers deemed to be in UK illegally


    Not the first time charities have been involved.Mind have been accessing peole using NHS paperwork for possible referal to mental health services.


    March 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm

  14. Homeless man started fire at Brighton Centre

    A HOMELESS man who started a blaze at the Brighton Centre after being turned away from the night shelter there has been jailed for 20 months.

    Ian Drummond started a fire at the venue when it was packed with rough sleepers after being denied entry by a security guard.

    The 48-year-old lit wooden pallets and a pile of rubbish in a loading area, just metres from a full gas cylinder, causing staff to fear for their lives.


    Desperate people cost the state even more money.


    March 5, 2018 at 8:53 pm

  15. Cost of temporary housing for homeless people in Reading soars

    Reading Borough Council is investing in new homes to cut the cost of temporary accomodation

    The cost of housing homeless families in temporary accommodation in Reading has soared to £3.5m, rising by more than a tenth in the last year alone.



    March 5, 2018 at 8:55 pm

  16. Student inspired to start homeless charity after representing UK at UN youth summit

    A Waltham Forest teenager has been inspired to start his own charity tackling homelessness after representing the UK at the United Nations Youth Assembly.



    March 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm

  17. You can’t sit out in sub-zero temperatures anyway. You need to get to A&E, an airport, a bus, a McDonald’s until they throw you out… anywhere where there is warmth…


    March 5, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    • Big Hotels with hot air vents blasting out outside is another good one

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      March 5, 2018 at 10:47 pm

  18. DWP publishes guidance for Universal Credit claimants

    The DWP has published a new guide which contains updated information for claimants of Universal Credit.

    The guidance, which can be accessed on the government’s website includes information on the way Universal Credit claimants are able to give consent for their information to be shared with another person



    March 5, 2018 at 9:08 pm

  19. The Ministry of Justice has employed hundreds of people on controversial zero-hour contracts, despite widespread opposition to their use among politicians and campaigners.

    The department has revealed that since 2011 it employed nearly 600 people on zero-hour contracts. At its peak in 2011, 172 people were working at the Ministry of Justice on this basis.



    March 5, 2018 at 9:13 pm

  20. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 5, 2018 at 10:20 pm


    Disabled Terrorist Protesting that need to be killed off after becoming homeless. Disabled Homeless Terrorist threatening Tory freedom that need to be killed off as a threat to Tory Britain. Disabled Scapegoat Terrorists that need to be killed off. Any one who is not Tory is a terrorist to the Tories.

    Many Human Rights Breaches there Tories because you will not get a Tory Bill Of Rights. Tories guilty of Tory War Crimes against Human Rights of the disabled.

    Tory War 120,000 DWP assisted deaths since 2010. Universal Credit Kills. Disability Kills Tories genocide with Human Rights of the Tory Rogue State,

    The new blue Brexit British Passports are going to be made by ATOS. ATOS also sell weapons of war. ATOS run 90% of the Civil Service IT. ATOS run the Tories along with US companies such as Maximus & Concentrix. What a Tory sell out that Tories don’t even own their own minds, yet legally they are responsible for the deaths by these companies in the UK.

    No Tory Bill Of Rights No Tories.

    Human Rights – The Right To Live – Not Tory State Sponsored murders.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 5, 2018 at 10:36 pm

  22. Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    March 5, 2018 at 10:38 pm

  23. Andrew Coates

    March 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    • Re: Right To Buy, No building of social housing. The clue is in the name The ‘Right’ to Buy; nobody was forced to buy. Right to Buy might be hated NOW because it fed into the current lack of social housing but at the time it was Maggie Thatcher’s most LOVED policy. Sitting tenants of council housing were sat on a veritable goldmine, and they knew it; anyone with a decent property did the ‘right’ thing and sold-up for a quick buck. And just to expedite the process of the ‘Great Council House Sell-Off’ the council would even re-house you in yet another council property which you could then go on to sell… rinse and repeat. You could even buy your granny’s property and flog it for another quick buck, which many did.. Some one will have been smart and used the proceeds to jump-start a property ‘portfolio’ and, aided by Maggie’s successor Blair’s policies would now be billionaires by; but most of the profit was pissed up against the wall on package holidays to Florida, colour TVs and music centres, but nevertheless Maggie had achieved her objective – the complete destruction of (any decent) council housing, a true “property owning democracy” to quote Maggie. Those who nowadays scream that there is ‘no social housing’ are the children of the council sell off profiteers. Nobody gave a damn about the repercussions for future generations down the road.. Human Nature 101.

      As for social housing not being built, well that is just simply not true.. Social housing is being built; it is just that it is already ‘earmarked’ and ‘prioritised’. The demand for social housing is insatiable. The children of Maggie Thatcher’s generation will never be a ‘priority’.

      Bricks & Mortar

      March 6, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    • Let’s not forget that Workfare and Useless DWP Courses were New Labour ideas that the Tories simply pinched, while the hated Work Programme is just New Labour’s Flexible New Deal with a new name.


      March 6, 2018 at 9:19 pm

  24. Shipping container plans for homeless in Wrexham, seems like a good idea but how about building real houses not tin cans.



    March 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    • This isn’t a new idea and you would be quite surprised what you can do with them if you fancy googling it.
      As a temporary answer there a very good solution however there are concerns that aren’t laid out in print to prevent them from occurring.

      A single container can be fitted out for about 10 to 15’000 (cheaper the more you do). Now the cheap way that does not cost the taxpayer much is to use housing to pay for the fit in one go. However im imagining councils will craftily use housing benefit for the containers full duration. If housing benefit is set at 80 a week that means the container will be paid off in 125 weeks or 187.5 weeks if 15’000. Now we know these will be used for a lot longer meaning profit at taxpayer expense will be gained. So by year 10 you can quite easily see the council will profit 2 or 3 times if we deduct initial outlay. If they keep using the outlay to build more, the profit goes up and up, all the while directly coming out of the taxpayers pocket. Its a crafty way of councils making money.

      The second problem is, is what time frame without contradiction that the council keep using these as each container has around a 15 to 20 year life span if looked after.

      Lastly and as remote possibility as it maybe, what electrical protection is in place to make them not attractive to lightening or protect the occupants in the event of.


      March 7, 2018 at 11:18 am

  25. Unused office space is taking over our cities, whilst the homeless population is skyrocketing!



    March 6, 2018 at 9:04 pm

  26. The Data Protection Act (1998) is to be REPLACED!!!

    The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on 25 May 2018 and will replace the current Data Protection Act (1998).

    How will this effect us? Will this strengthen the rights of claimants or weaken them?

    jj joop

    March 7, 2018 at 11:09 am

    • The The Data Protection Act (1998 ) is watertight. Even the DWP couldn’t find a leak. Almost as if whoever drew up the legislation foresaw the shenanigans of the DWP and Iain Duncan Smith. So why the need to replace it? Maybe too watertight? In any case, it is highly unlikely that General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will offer greater protection (to benefit claimants).

      All At Sea

      March 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      • Thing is that foreign companies, banks, businesses and foreign businessmen and visitors etc., use email in the UK, and so if the government tries to make data protection any worse than on the continent commercial interests and the economy will end up affected. So my bet would be that not much will change, generally, as far as weakening data protection and the right to refuse cookies etc., will happen.


        March 8, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    • game over ted pmsl


      March 7, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      • go look at contract law and how providers get there funding has nothing to do with the dpa if you dont sign there contracts 😉


        March 7, 2018 at 8:37 pm

  27. May deluded on house building as British streets are lined with the homeless.


    March 7, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    • As is London, on a recent visit I saw homeless people on the pavements from Cambridge Circus to the Strand, from Tottenham Court Road to Oxford Circus.

      Right next to the bright lights of the West End and the premier shopping street of the Capital.

      Andrew Coates

      March 7, 2018 at 5:22 pm

  28. When is this cruelty going to bloody STOP.


    March 7, 2018 at 5:54 pm

  29. Universal credit: Government to publish internal reviews of controversial benefit in new U-turn

    Esther McVey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, conceded there was “no point in continuing to argue” for restricted access to the documents, after the committee issued a report on them.



    March 8, 2018 at 12:39 pm

  30. Tell the Tories: Don’t put up barriers to our democracy

    At the local elections in May, the Conservatives want to make it harder for people to vote.

    In five local authorities, people will have to show identification, like a driver’s license or passport. And the Tories have already pledged to roll-out Voter ID nationwide before a single pilot has taken place.

    We know this would make it much harder for people to vote – and it will disproportionately affect people who are young, disabled, elderly, homeless, trans, or from minority ethnic communities.



    March 8, 2018 at 1:26 pm

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