Socialist Worker

Manchester city square campers call for homes for homeless

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2453

Around 200 people rallied in central Manchester last Saturday in solidarity with homeless people and supporters camped out in the town square.

Soup kitchen volunteer Adam has been staying in the camp for over three weeks. 

He told Socialist Worker, “There’s been a big increase in rough sleepers.

“The council redistributing money means 70 beds in shelters have been lost. 

And the Tories’ welfare cuts and the bedroom tax have made more people homeless.”

The occupiers defeated an attempt to evict them in court on Thursday of last week. 

They are also angry at the Central Library not allowing people who “look homeless” in to use its toilets.

Adam said, “The council has a duty of care to provide shelter.”

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