Manchester City Council - Don't criminalise the homeless

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Manchester City Council is trying to implement a Public Space Protection Order, covering the city centre, which would criminalise many of the city's homeless people. These proposals risk punishing any homeless person seeking shelter from the elements or simply taking up space on the pavement.

If this goes ahead then it will create a hostile environment for anyone begging in the city centre. If a person were to breach the order, they would be liable for a fine of up to £100. What homeless person can afford that?

Fining and prosecuting Manchester’s most vulnerable people is like something from the Victorian era of the workhouse. It is only going to make the problem worse, not make things better.

However, together we have a chance to stop this injustice in its' tracks.

Across the country, several local authorities have tried to introduce similar policies and each time a petition and public pressure has stopped this from happening. With your support we can, together, stop Manchester City Council from criminalising people in poverty and find solutions to help people rather than vilifying and burdening them further.

This cruel PSPO proposal is still in consultation stages, so now is your chance to let the council know exactly what you think of it.

And don't forget to sign our petition below, and tell Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, to scrap his plans to criminalise homeless people.

Together we can stop this injustice.

Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council,

Manchester City Council is trying to implement a Public Space Protection Order, covering the city centre, which would criminalise many of the city's homeless people. These proposals risk punishing any homeless person seeking shelter from the elements or simply taking up space on the pavement. If this goes ahead then it will create a hostile environment for anyone begging in the city centre. If a person were to breach the order, they would be liable for a fine of up to £100. Fining and prosecuting Manchester’s most vulnerable people is like something from the Victorian era of the workhouse. It is only going to make the problem worse, not make things better. We, the citizens of Manchester, call on you to shelve these cruel plans and set an example of best practice for local authorities across the UK. Criminalising homeless people for being homeless will only make the problem worse.

 

Richard Leese:  We, the undersigned, call on you and Manchester City Council to do the right thing.

 

Scrap your plans to criminalise the most vulnerable citizens of Manchester.

 

 

 

See who else is signing:
Sam Wilkinson
Pia Feig
Catherine Newall
Judith Vickers
Petr Polisensky
Steven Barrett
Adam Holden
Jackie Findlay
Karolina Bjuresjo
Lee Fletcher
Carole Broadbent
George Livingstone
Samantha Wall
Jenny Wilkes
Nicholas Voss
Heather Graham
Jennifer Stevenson
Dave Handley
Suzanne Hadwin
Sally Evans
Carol Cody
Clare Bonetree
Lauren Banks
Lesley Lancelott
Verity Walker-sherriff I
Saira Weiner
Dara Leyden
George Thompson
Julie Brierley
Sheila Roberts

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  • Sam Wilkinson
    signed 2019-08-20 16:06:27 +0100
  • Pia Feig
    signed 2019-04-27 17:14:23 +0100
  • Catherine Newall
    signed 2019-04-03 17:43:13 +0100
  • Judith Vickers
    signed 2019-04-01 12:08:57 +0100
    Judith Vickers
  • Petr Polisensky
    signed via 2019-03-28 08:09:40 +0000
  • Steven Barrett
    signed via 2019-03-25 06:37:59 +0000
  • Adam Holden
    signed via 2019-03-24 20:19:44 +0000
    Should be helping the homeless should be ashamed you cunt
  • Jackie Findlay
    signed via 2019-03-24 20:13:06 +0000
  • Karolina Bjuresjo
    signed via 2019-03-24 20:08:23 +0000
  • Lee Fletcher
    signed via 2019-03-24 19:51:08 +0000
  • Carole Broadbent
    signed 2019-03-22 05:11:53 +0000
  • George Livingstone
    signed via 2019-03-17 18:16:23 +0000
  • Samantha Wall
    signed via 2019-03-17 13:15:32 +0000
    Miss Samantha Wall
  • Jenny Wilkes
    signed via 2019-03-17 08:09:55 +0000
  • Nicholas Voss
    signed via 2019-03-16 23:58:18 +0000
    Ive been homeless, and its tbe most depressing, demoralising, and shame inducing situation ive ever experienced. There are actions thwt coyld bw taken to minimise the negative consequences of homelessness, if only the authorities would listen to the public who care about this, and especially those who are actually homeless. The cold heartedness, and compassionless ways in which the authorities deal with homelessness is sickening. These people are homeless mostly because of council and government policies, which just go to show how little they care about those they are supposed to care about, and whos interests they are supposed to protect. Those who are responsible for the criminalisation of the honeless are the lowest form of human life, and a disgrace to what is supposed to be a civilised society.
  • Heather Graham
    signed via 2019-03-16 23:46:28 +0000
  • Jennifer Stevenson
    signed via 2019-03-16 14:12:56 +0000
  • Dave Handley
    signed via 2019-03-15 15:10:19 +0000
  • Suzanne Hadwin
    signed via 2019-03-15 15:03:13 +0000
    Suzanne Hadwin
  • Sally Evans
    signed via 2019-03-15 14:33:50 +0000
  • Carol Cody
    signed via 2019-03-15 12:13:03 +0000
  • Clare Bonetree
    signed 2019-03-15 11:25:35 +0000
  • Lauren Banks
    signed via 2019-03-15 08:50:14 +0000
  • Lesley Lancelott
    signed via 2019-03-15 07:30:51 +0000
    The Tories are wrecking this country, Universal Credit is creating more and more poverty, and if Manchester Council implement a PSPO then they are not only blaming victims of austerity but acting like the Tories that are ripping us apart.
  • Verity Walker-sherriff I
    signed via 2019-03-15 06:49:22 +0000
  • Saira Weiner
    signed via 2019-03-15 01:47:54 +0000
    It’s shocking that a Labour Council wants to criminalise the most vulnerable in society.
  • Dara Leyden
    signed via 2019-03-14 20:17:21 +0000
  • George Thompson
    signed 2019-03-14 17:16:42 +0000
  • Julie Brierley
    signed 2019-03-14 16:17:45 +0000
  • Sheila Roberts
    signed via 2019-03-14 16:13:52 +0000
    Sheila Roberts