Manchester City Council spent £88,000 fighting homeless protest
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Fri May 22 21:17:27 BST 2015
Manchester City Council has spent £88,000 on Fighting homelessness Protest
May 22, 2015
Manchesters City Council have spent a staggering
£88,000 on Police, bailiffs, security and court
costs to prevent homeless people from sleeping
outside council buildings, more than enough to
pay a years rent for each protester.
A group of around 30 campaigners have camped
outside council buildings in the city for the
past month in order to raise awareness to the problem of homelessness.
Manchester council cut £50million from local
services in its last budget, including services
for the young, homeless and victims of gender
violence. Official figures show that homelessness
has risen by 79% in Manchester in the last year.
Over the course of the last month, Manchester
Council have called bailiffs on the camp, taken
the protestors to court, and banned them from
entering the Central Library to use the toilets.
The camp moved from Albert Square to St. Peters
Square after a court order. On Tuesday, the
Greater Manchester Police evicted the protesters
again, and they have now moved to St. Annes Square.
The Deputy Leader of Manchester Council, Bernard
Priest, said the council and GMP have spent more
than £88,000 in additional policing, security and
legal costs since it set up on Albert Square more
than a month ago. The councils expenditure is
equivalent to paying £244 a month in rent, to each protestor, for a year.
Laura Bannister of Manchester Green Party said
Its great to see homeless people working
together to stand up for their rights. This
protest makes it very difficult for them to be
ignored any longer I hope the council and the government are taking notice
The Green Party are calling for an end to budget
cuts for homelessness services in Manchester, as
well as an end to the benefit sanctions and
bedroom tax which have left many without a
home. Manchester Green Party will be joining
5,000 others protesting against austerity cuts in
Piccadilly Gardens from 12pm tomorrow. This
includes a solidarity protest with the homeless camp at 2pm.
The homeless camp are currently appealing for
donations from the public. They require tents to
house new homeless people, and to set up a
kitchen tent to help feed the hungry. Residents
are also looking for sleeping bags and sleeping
mats, tarpaulins to cover leaking tents, razors,
deodorant, toiletries, toothbrushes and sanitary products.
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