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metal bars on benches to stop homeless people sleeping
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Council branded 'inhumane' after installing metal bars on benches to stop homeless people sleeping on them
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bournemouth-council-installs-metal-bars-benches-homeless-rough-sleepers-inhumane-crisis-stuart-a8186121.html





'A council has been criticised as “inhumane” after installing metal bars on benches to stop homeless people sleeping on them.

Bournemouth Borough Council has adapted seats across the town centre to deter rough sleepers.

The Conservative authority said it installed the bars “following numerous complaints by members of the public and local traders” about people lying on the benches.

But charities condemned the “hostile” move and called for the local authority to focus on helping homeless people.

Photos of the benches have also provoked anger on social media, with Facebook users branding the council ”shameful” and “heartless”.

The council’s strategy first came to wider attention after Bournemouth artist Stuart Semple posted a picture of one of the benches on Facebook. He said between 20 and 30 seats had been “retrofitted”.'



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Cops Raid Licensed Chef’s Home, Steal His Cooking Equipment—for Feeding the Homeless
http://www.activistpost.com/2018/02/cops-raid-licensed-chefs-home-steal-cooking-equipment-feeding-homeless.html





Unfortunately, in the land of the free, it is against the law to help others or try to make a dollar without first paying the government for the privilege of doing so. While the state will claim this is for the safety of others who may consume the food, the reality is that it is a revenue generation scheme.

To be clear, Sanders is a licensed food handler. He paid the government for the privilege to handle food; however, he was doing it in a manner which they disapproved.

“I have my food handlers license. Expires at the end of this month. I was in a restaurant but the owner got in some trouble and shut everything down. It was out of my control that’s the only reason why I was cooking out of my home,” Sanders explained.

Instead of cooking the food in a restaurant, Sanders used the industrial equipment at his home. He cooked everything exactly the same way, but this now gave authorities a reason to steal his things, charge him exorbitant fees, and ruin his life.'



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w00t! --> ripping 'anti-homeless' bars off a park bench
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Rapper Professor Green films his friend ripping 'anti-homeless' bars off a park bench after Bournemouth council installed them to deter rough sleepers

Professor Green wades into Bournemouth homeless row by transforming bench
The artist and campaigner films his friend turning seat into homeless shelter
Seaside town hit headlines after council demolished rough sleeper's camp

By Katie French For Mailonline
Published: 11:09, 2 February 2018
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5344099/Rapper-Professor-Green-stages-anti-homeless-protest.html



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Council removes 'anti-homeless' bars from benches after public backlash
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/council-removes-anti-homeless-bars-benches-public-backlash/





'A council has removed 'anti-homeless' bars from town centre benches in response to a growing public backlash over the “inhumane” measures.

Bournemouth Borough Council reviewed its decision after artist Stuart Semple and rapper Professor Green highlighted the issue of the “hostile architecture” on social media.

More than 20,000 people also signed a petition which accused the council of “turning their back on the homeless”.

Councillor Robert Lawton said the decision to install the bars was taken in response to “many complaints about people lying on them throughout the day, meaning that wider members of the community were unable to use them”.

He added: “However we have listened to the extensive feedback over the last week and in light of the depth of feeling, have today reviewed that decision and agreed to have the bars removed.”'



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Vigilante campaign to drive bogus beggars off streets
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Vigilante campaign to drive bogus beggars off a seaside resort’s streets is branded ‘a disgrace’ as charity says the rough sleepers are NOT fake but ‘desperate, sad and lonely human beings’
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5436979/Torquay-town-row-fake-homeless-campaign.html





'A vigilante campaign to drive 'fake homeless' people off the streets of a south Devon town has caused a bitter war of words.

Business owners in Torquay have been photographing and challenging those begging on the streets.

These actions have been slammed by police and the local council who say it encourages vigilantism.

They are also concerned that those who are in real need are being tarred with the same 'fake homeless' brush.

Although campaigners behind the move to rid the town of people who aren't actually homeless claim that it has been a great success. Spam_A Spam_B They have erected posters threatening beggars that they will be photographed and then shown to authorities to check whether they are genuinely homeless.

The chairman of a long standing charity working with Torbay's homeless has called the new campaign a 'disgrace'.

Nick Pannell said: 'The persecuting of vulnerable adults on our streets is a disgrace and those involved in encouraging it should be ashamed of themselves.

'The Fake Homeless Campaign claimed there were 17 beggars in Torquay but only two who were genuinely homeless. How do they know that and what is genuine homelessness?

'They are not professional beggars changing out of smart designer clothes into rags, but genuinely desperate, sad, lonely, alienated human beings with profound problems who are living at the edge of our communities.'



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Fate of the homeless under Conservative rule
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Fate of the homeless under Conservative rule looks ever more desperate
http://www.rt.com/uk/420052-homeless-increase-tory-austerity/





'Homeless alerts have hit a record high over the past 24 hours as the ‘Beast from the East’ brings sub-zero temperatures to the UK. So exactly how much is the Tory government doing to help some of the most disadvantaged people?

In its manifesto, the Tory government pledged to halve homelessness by 2020 and “eliminate it altogether” by 2027. On Tuesday, the cabinet dedicated a whole session to discussing how to tackle homelessness in the UK. The debate surrounded a £28 million ($39 million) program to provide stable and affordable housing for the homeless. Spam_A Spam_B Chancellor Philip Hammond did spare a whole minute during his Budget speech in November to announce £25 million towards helping rough sleepers. That seems a meager amount, however, compared to the £10 billion he’ll spend on helping people who want to buy a home.

The chancellor’s apparent indifference to tackling homelessness was laid bare during the same cabinet meeting on Tuesday when he appeared to trivialize the experience of rough sleeping by comparing it to a summer night he spent on a beach.

Hammond’s intervention, which was branded “disgraceful” by some members of the public, came just as Streetlink, an app which connects rough sleepers in England and Wales to local services, received a record high 3,600 alerts over the past 24 hours. The spike coincided with the Siberian ‘Beast from the East’ storm plunging the country into sub-zero temperatures.

The extent to which Tory austerity is failing rough sleepers was clear well before these figures. Just two weeks ago, a rough sleeper was found dead meters away from Parliament. Labour branded the incident an indictment of the state of ‘Tory Britain’.'



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How can a place with 58,000 homeless people continue to function?
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L.A. Times: How can a place with 58,000 homeless people continue to function?
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-homelessness-impact-on-others-20180301-htmlstory.html





'Homelessness affects the lives of all Angelenos, not just those forced to live on the streets. And it does so almost daily, in ways large and small.

Consider the pairs of thick gloves that George Abou-Daoud has stashed inside the nine restaurants he owns on the east side of Hollywood. When a homeless person accosts his customers, Abou-Daoud says, he can no longer count on the police for help; unless there’s an imminent threat to safety, he contends, they don’t respond quickly and can’t just haul the person away. So he’s had to take matters into his own hands, literally, by physically ejecting problematic homeless people himself. That’s why he has the gloves — to keep his hands clean. Spam_A Spam_B Abou-Daoud’s gloves are a particularly bleak symbol of the relationship between the homeless and the non-homeless. But everyone’s got a story of one sort or another. Day in and day out, Metro riders step into trains with homeless people on them — often visibly disturbed or threatening, prompting nervous passengers to edge away or change cars. In downtown L.A., shop owners worry that customers will opt for suburban malls to avoid the panhandlers and glassy-eyed wanderers. In Venice, besieged businesses have banded together to share the cost of security guards and cleanup crews to clear garbage, bedding or worse from the sidewalks.

Across the city, drivers exiting freeways routinely encounter homeless people on the off-ramps shuffling from window to window requesting money. Libraries, train stations and public parks have become refuges for homeless people. In many residential neighborhoods and commercial districts, encampments have become a seemingly immutable fact of life.'



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Homeless man freezes to death in tent near church weeks after being discharged from hospital
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/homeless-man-freeze-death-tent-church-uk-weather-retford-nottinghamshire-a8236456.html





'A homeless man has died in his tent near a church amid freezing temperatures, weeks after being discharged from hospital with pneumonia.

The man, known only as Ben and said to have been 53, was found dead at around 8.40am on Tuesday near St Swithun’s Church in Retford, Nottinghamshire.

Police said they had been called by East Midlands Ambulance Service to a report of the "sudden death". Officers said a file would now be prepared for the coroner.

In the days before his death, local Scouts leader Hazel Newstead had stopped to have conversations with Ben over the church wall, and had given him a sleeping mat and tinned food. Spam_A Spam_B Speaking to The Independent, Ms Newstead said the 53-year-old, who had been a bricklayer by trade but had reportedly worked less since the death of his girlfriend seven years ago, was a “friendly” man who was “happy to chat”.

“He seemed really nice and friendly and happy to chat over the brick wall. His sleeping bag was hung on a tree during the day to dry it out. He took a camping mat and some tinned food from us, saying he had a small cooker. It seemed he’d been sleeping rough for a while”, she said.

“He had only been here for about a week. He said he had come out of hospital on 14 February, where he’d been treated for pneumonia. Before that I think he had been in another church sleeping in the door way.'



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Homeless people turned away from Premier Inn hotel despite being offered rooms by paying customer
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/premier-inn-homeless-people-turned-away-customer-paying-westonsupermare-a8240171.html





'One of the UK’s largest hotel chains has been accused of “clear discrimination” against homeless people after it turned away rough sleepers who had been offered free rooms by a paying customer.

When Sarah Parker-Kahn, from Dartmoor, discovered she and a group of friends were unable to travel as planned to Weston-Super-Mare East, due to severe weather conditions – and that the Premier Inn would not refund the 19 rooms she had paid for – she decided to see if they could be used by local people.

The 38-year-old reached out to locals on Facebook groups and was contacted by several homeless charities who said they were at “crisis point” and could use the rooms to house some rough sleepers for the night amid freezing temperatures. Spam_A Spam_B Ms Parker-Kahn said she informed the Premier Inn hotel of this, but when two homeless people from charity Comfort and Warmth arrived with the room reference number, they were turned away because they did not have identification.

“When I reached out to local groups on Facebook I was contacted by several homeless charities who said they were desperate – at crisis point with the worst weather conditions for years – and that they could really use the rooms. Another woman also contacted me saying her house had flooded and she could use two rooms for her family,” Ms Parker-Kahn told The Independent.

“I contacted the Premier Inn again and told them. They weren’t very happy about this, but we gave authorisation and said we were willing to take responsibility if any damage was caused.'



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Oakland's Homeless Americans Die Uncounted As Mayor Protects Illegal Immigrants
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-11/oaklands-homeless-americans-die-uncounted-mayor-protects-illegal-immigrants





'It should go without saying that homelessness elevates an individual’s risk of illness, injury and death. Having little access to health care or healthy food, even homeless people living in milder climates like, for example, the Bay Area, pass away decades earlier than people who have access to housing and health-care.

According to data provided by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, the average age of death for a homeless person is 50 - which was the average age of deaths for all Americans in 1900, before the discovery of modern antibiotics. Spam_A Spam_B But while the bitter reality that homeless people face is evident to every American who feels the sting of guilt every time they ignore a panhandler on a busy city street,, few state and local governments accurately collect comprehensive data specifically identifying a deceased individual as homeless - meaning that the data is incomplete.

In rapidly gentrifying Oakland, an investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle determined that thousands of homeless who die within the city limits aren’t officially identified as homeless on their death certificates, making it easier for public officials to ignore a worsening crisis as rising property values and rents increasingly push the most vulnerable individuals out onto the streets.

Meanwhile, Mayor Libby Schaaf is more concerned with protecting undocumented immigrants, even immigrants with violent criminal histories than she is with ensuring the city’s most vulnerable legal residents are attended to - or, at least, that some degree of outreach or acknowledgement is extended to this steadily rising population.'



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4 million UK adults forced to use food banks
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Nearly four million UK adults forced to use food banks, figures reveal
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/food-banks-uk-how-many-people-adults-poverty-a8386811.html





'Nearly 4 million adults in the UK have been forced to use food banks due to ”shocking” levels of deprivation, figures have revealed for the first time.

An exclusive poll commissioned by The Independent reveals one in 14 Britons has had to use a food bank, with similar numbers also forced to skip meals and borrow money as austerity measures leave them “penniless with nowhere to turn”.

The findings come as a major report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) shows more than 1.5 million people were destitute in the UK last year alone, a figure higher than the populations of Liverpool and Birmingham combined. Spam_A Spam_B This includes 365,000 children, with experts warning that social security policy changes under the Tory government were leading to “destitution by design”. Destitution is defined as people lacking two “essential needs”, such as food or housing.

The polling on food poverty, from a representative sample of 1,050 UK adults carried out for The Independent by D-CYFOR, suggests that 7 per cent of the adult population – or 3.7 million people – have used a food bank to receive a meal.

A million people have decreased the portion size of their child’s meal due to financial constraints, the survey says.

The results come after it emerged in April that the number of emergency meals handed out at food banks had risen at a higher rate than ever, soaring by 13 per cent in a year, with more than 1.3 million three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis in the 12 months to March.'



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Re: Why cities are full of uncomfortable benches ?
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