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MANCHESTER COUNCIL SLATED OVER £10,000 ONE-WAY TICKETS ‘TO GET RID OF HOMELESS’
 

Star date: 18th October 2017

LIBDEM COUNCILLOR CONDEMNS 'COUNTRY'S MOST RIGHT WING LABOUR COUNCIL' OVER TRAIN TICKETS TO 'GET RID OF HOMELESS'

Manchester City Council has been slated by its only opposition councillor, after it was revealed by the BBC that £10,000 had been spent on one-way train tickets to 'get rid' of the homeless.

"Manchester Council has spent years refusing to build affordable homes, approving luxury developments, evicting and trying to sue the homeless, ignoring the rough sleepers problem and now buying them out of the city" says LibDem councillor, John Leech, "The country's most right-wing Labour council has reached a whole new low."

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Manchester City Council has been slated by its only opposition councillor, LibDem, John Leech, after the BBC revealed that it spent £10,000 on one-way tickets to 'get rid' of the homeless.

The one-way train tickets are supposed to be used to 'reconnect' rough sleepers with their friends and families but some homeless people said that they were sent to places where they had no connection, and those working with the homeless called the policy 'social cleansing'.

In response to the BBC request for information, Manchester City Council stated that it had spent £9,928 on reconnecting homeless people over the last six years...which led to an all-out assault by Councillor Leech, who represents Didsbury...

"I am utterly appalled at this revelation but unfortunately not at all surprised, it is completely typical of this Council's apathetic attitude towards homelessness" he said "Sweep the problem under the carpet and hope no-one notices - that's the Manchester Labour way.

"Manchester's homelessness strategy should be about getting people off the streets, not just the streets of Manchester" he added "All this is doing is shunting them from one city to another and without a strong support network in the city they are sent to, they will be left in an even worse place.

"Manchester Council has spent years refusing to build affordable homes, approving luxury developments, evicting and trying to sue the homeless, ignoring the rough sleepers problem and now buying them out of the city - it's a pretty lengthy record. The country's most right-wing Labour council has reached a whole new low."

The Salford Star has consistently reported on the attitude of Manchester City Council, particularly in relation to the eviction homeless camps and occupied empty buildings. Salford's Chris Blaine was jailed for two months after climbing on the roof of the Ducie Bridge pub during the eviction of homeless people. He was merely demanding a meeting with Manchester Council Leader, Richard Leese, to discuss homelessness (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

Last month, Manchester Council issued a press statement listing how it is helping the homeless, having invested £1.5million into services over the last year...

"Homelessness is a seriously complex and challenging issue which we have been working day and night – in close partnership with commissioned and non-commissioned voluntary sector agencies and other partners – to tackle" said Councillor Bernard Priest, the Council's Deputy Leader "We have put a lot of measures in place and continue to refine and reinforce the support that is available.

"The nature of the issue is such that there are no overnight solutions" he added, with no irony "This is established and ongoing work and the implication in some quarters that it is not being treated with anything other than the highest priority is wholly misleading."

Commenting on the one-way tickets, the Homeless Link charity's chief executive, Rick Henderson, said: "If a person has a support network in a different area, then helping them reconnect can help to end their rough sleeping.

"Simply displacing rough sleepers without offering support is not solving the issue, and at worst can exacerbate their situation, leaving them more isolated and at risk of deteriorating physical and mental health" he added.


See also: Manchester City Council Wins Salford Star International Award for NOMA Development - click here

Class85 wrote
at 10:50:30 on 19 October 2017
Set up a crowdfunder page am sure all Councillors will chip in to expel Felsie dumping Salford back into unchallenged doom and gloom. Or you Labour bloggers could shut up and listen to Felsie. Seems to have more change ideas than Boris. No wonder Tories want Felsie in their camp. Keep the mad ideas coming mate.
 
Dickie wrote
at 20:09:11 on 18 October 2017
I guess Queen Bee Felse hits the nail on the head. Having got a Labour Party Member to admit Salford Labour is not representative of National Labour is he now exposing Labour Andy Burnham's rough sleeps policy and Salford Councillors with ridicule at the same time by a tongue in cheek comment from Felse. If not I want to be homeless to get a new Soapworks home. I hear the Manchester Canal view is amazing.
 
Bob wrote
at 20:08:33 on 18 October 2017
Manchester council, Social cleansing, erm! Must be catchy. I wonder which council they caught that one from. Must be contagious . Ah well, keep voting Labour.
 
Felse Must Go wrote
at 18:16:16 on 18 October 2017
I volunteer to help. Where do I send my contribution.
 
Retired Socailst wrote
at 18:16:02 on 18 October 2017
I wonder is this how Labours Andy Burnham completes his manifesto pledges in record time to cure Rough sleeping? Social cleansing in a grand scale.
 
I volunteer wrote
at 17:42:56 on 18 October 2017
We have a whip round and get Felse a one way ticket out of the city. Anything to make the Twat shut up.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 15:30:19 on 18 October 2017
This is no solution. I demand Salford Council invites the Local Government Pension Fund to turn their owned Soapworks old Colgate building over to the Mayor Andy Burnham homeless housing project to set a state of art leading example on how we as Social Citizens service our homeless and young vulnerable street neighbours. I am willing to be the volunteer chair of such an important plan to house Greater Manchester's homeless.
 
Member Of The Public wrote
at 09:08:06 on 18 October 2017
Homelessness is a problem nationally, I think the homeless should be offered a train fare to Downing Street
 
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