Tory Torbay Council steals coats meant for homeless people – and gives them to charity shop

It’s easy to forget sometimes, in the midst of media-whipped furore over Labour anti-Semitism or Brexit or whatever, how cruel the Conservatives really are.

But there’s always an example of Tory barbarity at hand to bring the reality back to us.

For example:

“A charity says it’s ‘outraged’ after coats left out for the homeless were removed by the council and given to a charity shop.

“Hundreds have been left on the railings of Torquay Town Hall in the past few weeks.

“It was part of a national initiative to help those struggling locally and highlight the issue of rough sleeping.”

Did you register that? It was part of a national initiative to highlight the issue of homeless people who sleep rough.

The charity taking part in that initiative was Humanity Torbay; that organisation is a friend of This Site and we all know we can trust the word of chief executive Ellie Waugh – so here she is, to explain what happened in her own words:

Here’s an image of the notice:

As we have already established that there hadn’t been any rain, it seems the council has been caught in a… contradiction, shall we say?

It is possible there was another such… contradiction in the official word from the council’s spokesperson, who said: “A number of coats had been left on the Town Hall railings over a two week period and we were concerned that they would become wet and unusable, particularly as there had been rain.

“A member of staff handed the coats to MASH, which kindly agreed to keep the clothing dry and hand out to the homeless free of charge.”

Can anybody confirm that this is what has actually happened?

The next part is nauseating:

“We’d like to thank members of the public for their donations and we would encourage anyone who wants to make donations in the future to give clothing directly to charities who offer support to the homeless.”

That is exactly what happened – before Torbay Council took it upon its corporate self to steal those coats and give them to someone else.

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  1. belfastfreethinker February 28, 2019 at 1:48 am - Reply

    “The Tory Party…………..are lower than vermin”
    Aneuran Bevan

  2. joanna February 28, 2019 at 2:18 am - Reply

    There’s a charity no one will ever trust again, hopefully their name will be mud!!!

    • Mike Sivier February 28, 2019 at 11:13 am - Reply

      I think you mean a COUNCIL no-one will trust again.

      • joanna February 28, 2019 at 12:28 pm - Reply

        I mean the charity, they could have said no to the council be they didn’t!! Would it have cost much to put a bit of waterproof canvas over the coats instead of just removing them.

        A lot of people don’t trust councils anyway seeing as their budgets have nearly depleted

  3. Jeffrey Davies February 28, 2019 at 6:00 am - Reply

    how cruel the Conservatives really are. hmmm aktion t4 comes in many forms

  4. Robbie March 1, 2019 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Seems a sensible move by the council. They did not steal the clothing, of course, but simply moved it from an unsheltered area – it did rain on two days in the last fortnight according to Met Records, by the way, – where it was subject, no doubt, to become sodden through overnight dew as well to premises fir for the purpose and where it was kept dry and clean and still available free to the needy. Strikes me, not for the first time, Waugh, is making mountains….

  5. nmac064 March 1, 2019 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Vindictive cruelty is the definition of Toryism.

  6. Rik March 1, 2019 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Maybe the council got complaints that the coats hanging on the railings were an eyesore?
    it wouldn’t bother me tho..
    Boo to this Council..

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