More than 440 homeless people have died on streets or in temporary accommodation in the UK in the past year, an investigation has found. (Guardian)
Some were found in doorways, some in tents in woodland, lying dead for months and decomposing before their bodies were discovered.
A lot of this stems from the laws raised to stop people seeking shelter in unused, even abandoned ruins. The well hated anti squatters laws.
In March 2011, Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove, proposed an Early Day Motion calling for the criminalisation of squatting. His campaign was backed by a series of articles in the Daily Telegraph in which Kenneth Clarke (the Secretary of Justice) and Grant Shapps (Minister of Housing) were reported to be backing the move. (Wiki)
Those laws were enacted in 2012.
They included a ban to stop the homeless from seeking the most basic of man made and weather resistant shelter, and that ultimately sentenced some of them to death.
It’s not often I praise the Guardian for anything but in printing the B.S. the government said after being caught out also needs to be acknowledged. Now everyone can see the hatred of the UK Tory government has for the poor and most vulnerable in all it’s glory.
A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said: “Every death of someone sleeping rough on our streets is one too many and we take this matter extremely seriously. We are investing £1.2bn to tackle all forms of homelessness and have set out bold plans, backed by £100m in funding, to halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027. We have committed to make sure that safeguarding adult reviews, in the case of the death or serious harm of a person who sleeps rough, to ensure that lessons are learned for services.”
“To halve rough sleeping by 2022 and end it by 2027.”
It takes but a few hours to slip into unrecoverable hypothermia so 9 more years of over zealous attrition will definitely kill many of the remaining street people.
I also really hate that last line, “to ensure that lessons are learned for services.”
What that means in real life is they will work harder to kill more and introduce additional laws that will prevent any blame being laid at the feet of the government.
Such is the mindset of the NASTY PARTY, the Tory / Conservative Party.
Why do I speak like this?
Because I was once homeless and had to seek shelter any way I could.
And finally the words of a US president come to mind.
“The most terrifying words in the English language are:
I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” – Ronald Reagan