Due in part to Green Party protests, the plight of homeless people in Oxford has reached the headlines.
Homeless centres closing all over Oxfordshire. Where are people supposed to go?
The Labour-led council have underspent £400,000 of their homelessness budget and yet just seem intent in issuing fines of up to £2,500.
David Thomas states, “Using antisocial legislation to sweep the homeless off the streets whilst refusing to re-open a 50-bed homeless hostel in the city centre shows how skewed the priorities of Oxford city’s Labour-run council have become. There a pattern here. It’s only a couple of years ago that Oxford Labour tried to fine the homeless for sleeping rough in the city centre. It took an alliance of student activists, Liberty and the Greens to make them see sense that time.”
Watch this BBC film outlining the problems facing homeless people in Oxford:
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