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Coronavirus: Hotel housing for rough sleepers – but how do B&B users self-isolate?

Endangered: People who sleep on the streets are more likely to catch coronavirus, and more likely to have respiratory conditions that make them vulnerable to serious harm if they do catch it.

This may strike fools as foolish but the wise will understand.

People who live on the streets are as likely to catch the coronavirus as anybody – more so, as they have no way of isolating themselves and the virus can be airborne.

They are more likely to have underlying health conditions including respiratory diseases, which could make the effect of coronavirus on them far more serious.

And if they remain on the streets, they are equally likely to transmit the virus to many more people.

Soup kitchens and day centres have been closing with little or no warning.

So the Mayor of London’s office is to be applauded for booking rooms with the Intercontinental Hotels Group to ensure that homeless people have space to self-isolate.

The Big Issue has taken its vendors off the streets; supporters will be asked to provide funding online for the duration of the crisis.

But there are concerns over families who have been placed in temporary accommodation like bed & breakfast establishments by councils that could not find permanent homes for them.

That’s a fault of Tory governments, of course; council houses have been sold off without enough cash being provided for replacements to be built.

And Tory policies are likely to have put people in need of accommodation in the first place – because of the Bedroom Tax or wage depression, or other policies that clamp down on the vulnerable.

So again we see that Tory short-sightedness has endangered people.

Source: Coronavirus UK: Rough sleepers will be housed in central London hotels | Metro News

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Homelessness has increased massively under the Tories – AFTER 449 rough sleepers died in a single year

This is a shocking indication of the Conservative government’s real policy towards the homeless.

Last year, I quoted a report that homelessness had increased by 134 per cent since the general election in 2010. Today, that figure stands at 169 per cent. That is an enormous increase.

Worse still, after the Conservatives announced that they were going to end homelessness by 2027, we have discovered that 449 rough sleepers died within a single year.

That’s compared with 300 deaths over five years, between 2013 and April this year.

I have said the real Tory policy isn’t to end homelessness by getting rough sleepers into homes and jobs; the plan is to kill these people off. By that standard, I imagine the Tories think 449 deaths is a good start.

Anyone with the slightest speck of decency about them would consider it an abomination against some of the most vulnerable people of the United Kingdom.

Labour has made a video clip to hammer the facts home:

And some of our favourite campaigners made it personal, pointing out that people like Theresa May (for example) have not been honest with us:

The figures should make it perfectly clear that there is no way the Conservatives will ever make life better for people who have been reduced to living rough on the streets.

And let’s be clear on this: Rough sleepers aren’t “scroungers”. They aren’t “lazy”. They haven’t chosen to live that way, either.

The figures don’t lie.

They became homeless because the Tory government wanted them to be. And now they are dying because the Tory government wants them to die.

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How the Tories solve homelessness: Rough sleeper found dead in Paisley

Police on the scene in Incle Street, Paisley.

“It is simply shameful and unacceptable that this is happening in 21st century Scotland.”

The tragic death of a rough sleeper in the heart of Paisley has sparked calls for new action on homelessness in the town.

Police say the body of a man, who has not been named, was found on the corner of Gauze Street and Incle Street.

The grim discovery – just yards from Renfrewshire Council’s headquarters and Paisley Town Hall – has led to questions from politicians and charities.

Source: Rough sleeper found dead in the heart of Paisley – Daily Record

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The facts on rough sleeping are against the Tories – so they lie

Mapped out: This graph shows the increase in the number of rough sleepers in the UK since the Conservatives took office.

The Conservatives have been caught lying about the number of people sleeping rough in the UK.

They said fewer people were sleeping rough now than when Labour left office in 2010; in fact there has been a 169 per cent increase.

The Tories have a flagship policy to eliminate rough sleeping by 2027, and have announced an increase in funding of £100 million to achieve this aim.

… Except none of this is new money. Half had already been committed to the policy, and the rest had been “reprioritised” from other existing budgets.

The Conservative government is doing what it always does – trying to fool you that the poor are better-off than the evidence shows. Meanwhile, their policies continue to ruin lives across the UK.

[Communities Secretary James Brokenshire’s Parliamentary Private Secretary falsely claimed on the BBC’s Westminster Hour that] the number of rough sleepers is now lower than it was when the Tories came to power.

“That number is by the way lower than it was when the last labour government left office in 2010,” he said.

He admitted the figure had gone up in the last year, but claimed: “In recent years it’s been rising but it’s still lower than it was when Labour left office.”

This is untrue.

According to government figures, the number of people sleeping rough was estimated at around 1,768.

The most recent estimate for 2017 was 4,751 – a total estimated increase of 169% since the Tories came to power.

Source: Tory minister admits none of £100 million ‘boost’ for rough sleeping is new money – Mirror Online

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