TREAT THE HOMELESS RESPONSIBLY
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People are lying freezing and forgotten on the streets, just a turned blind eye away from us, in doorways and under boxes.
It beggars belief that in 2017 in the UK, the World’s sixth largest economy, the UK Government provides better care for convicted criminals in prison than it provides for our homeless people.
Prisoners are provided with shelter, ongoing medical care, food and drink, showers and an opportunity to learn new skills. If they enter prison with a drink or a drug problem they receive help to fight their addiction. When they leave the system they are provided with ongoing support to reintegrate into mainstream society. It is a basic human right in a civilised country.
I am obviously not advocating that we treat our homeless people like prisoners, but providing homeless people with at least the same standard of (optional) care, through a network of new regional shelters and support centres to support the fantastic work being done by charity organisations, volunteers and caring citizens, would be a huge improvement on today’s situation for many homeless people. After all, how can it be argued that homeless people should receive less care than our criminals?
Please spare a thought for the homeless this winter (and every day) and please sign this petition to urge Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the UK Government, to address this issue responsibly, instead of metaphorically moving it along half-heartedly to the next doorway, or skirting around the issue and looking apologetic while tapping the Treasury’s back pocket to try and suggest that the UK Government has no spare change to change their lives for the better.
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