TORY-RUN Gloucester City Council has come under fire after it put up posters asking people not to give money to homeless people as they may be faking it.
The posters in question asks: “Are you really helping homeless people?
“In some cases, the people you see sleeping rough are not homeless.
“They are in accommodation, receiving support and benefits. Think before you give — change is more than coins.”
Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Gloucester Fran Boait condemned the posters and issued a joint statement with Labour councillor Terry Pullen, attacking the “disgusting” bid to “demonise one of the most vulnerable groups of people in our society who need our kindness and care.”
The posters encourage people who are worried about sleeping rough to instead contact StreetLink — a charity which connects people sleeping rough with local services — or give money to another “established homeless charity.”
Tory communities and neighbourhoods councillor Jennie Watkins defended the posters by stating that giving money to people who begged only “helped them in the short term, but, in the worst case, could feed dependency. It takes more than money to turn a life around.”
Labour has called on the Tories to remove the posters. The statement went on: “Clearly the nasty party is alive and kicking in Gloucester. The posters imply that most homeless people are not genuine but trying to con people out of money.
“StreetLink is an important organisation but it’s advertised in small print at the bottom of the page. The current campaign is based on negativity and not the right way to go about things.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.