I was in Cambridge today — for the first time in weeks and weeks — because I needed a haircut.
On my way in and out, I saw six homeless people — two women and four men — who were sitting or lying on the cold pavement with their cardboard insulation, their blankets, their sleeping bags, and (in a couple of cases) their loving dogs.
The fact is that, tonight, the temperature has already reached the so-called ‘Legal Minimum’. If you see anyone who’s ‘sleeping rough’ in your town or city, they are legally entitled to temporary accommodation: please tell them that they should go to the nearest Police Station and ask that the cops call the local Council’s ‘out of hours service’. Or take them to the cop shop yourself, and do this with them. Or call the station and ask that someone comes out to where you are.
Do this, folks. According to the housing charity Shelter, there are now 300,000 people in Britain who have no home — and more than 4,000 of them are sleeping rough.
I’m not kidding about this. This is deadly serious.
In Theresa May’s sick and twisted Tory Britain, any ordinary person without resources can become homeless — and in the middle of winter, too: it doesn’t take much, and it doesn’t take long. (And when I say ‘without resources’, remember that this is a country in which 17 million people now have cash reserves of £100 or less.)
I repeat: any ordinary person without resources can become homeless.
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