Homelessness in Manchester

Manchester City Council’s PSPO consultation: fewer safeguards for the homeless

Manchester City Council have proposed granting themselves new powers to address the following problems in Manchester City Centre: Street drinking “Aggressive” Begging Obstructing building entrances/exits, stairwells of premises or highways after being asked to move Occupying a tent or other temporary structure in a manner which is likely to create a health and safety risk…

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Public Space Protection Order: still ineffective, still dangerous

After months of waiting for the Council’s proposals following their “consultation”, the current plans as reported in the Manchester Evening News yesterday amount to no real change.   Manchester City Council still believes that enabling council officers to issue £100 fines and issue criminal proceedings of homeless people is a lawful, morally justified and effective…

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Public Space Protection Orders: ‘outright ridiculous to deeply unjust’

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 as part of a toolkit given to Local Authorities to help them tackle anti-social behaviour[1].   They were introduced against an interesting political backdrop: increasing public concern about anti-social behaviour frustrated the Government, who were in fact seeing overall…