The homeless on the rise in England?
March 7, 2018 9:48am CST
The homeless are on the rise in the United Kingdom. I know the United States has a horrendous problem with homeless people as proper welfare only last six months and if you don’t take a menial job thereafter you are on the street pushing a shopping trolley full of empty cans and bottles. In the United Kingdom you can stay on welfare much longer and the government will pay most of your rent and stuff but in the last 5 years we are moving away from that and you are expected to look for work every hour of the non working day if unemployed and if you don’t you could lose your welfare. Most people unemployed of working age tend not to be lazy but just can’t function in the work place or are caring for another are relative. If you have some sort of mental illness and can’t deal with interviews and employment it’s no surprise we started to see more of those people evicted and on the street. Half of all sleeping rough people here are mentally ill. There is bed for everyone in the major city hostels but they simply can’t deal with that lifestyle either and end up preferring the community of the street. If you have a drug or alcohol addiction you will find it hard to be allowed to stay in a hostel bed, which seems a rather contradictory policy as that’s 90% of your customers. There are no doubt in most people’s minds here that government policy has increased the homeless population. We all agree people should work if they are able but everyone unemployed got snared in the attack on the jobless and 10,000 more unemployed people between 2010-2016 killed themselves than normally would during that harsh welfare clampdown. There is no doubt in my mind the Conservative government vectored in those deaths as a ‘saving’ of public money they were that cynical with the policy. Even people with degenerative illnesses, physical and mental, were taken of sickness pay and made to look for work. A big chunk of London’s homeless are not born in the United Kingdom. Since 2004 when the European Union expanded and Britain brainlessly allowed free movement of people to come and live and work here with little or no border checks thousand s of Eastern Europeans pitched up in London to beg and work. Romanian and Bulgaria organised crime groups flooded the streets with teams of female beggars whilst their men worked as pickpockets on the transport system. They are still thee now sleeping rough in the city, many outside famous London monuments. Come Brexit we can kick them all out. Other more honest East Europeans were coming to work in London but a small group decided to live in tents to maximise their return on those wages by not paying any rent but making the homeless problem look worse than it is.
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At least the homeless in Caribbean countries don't have to bother about cold winters. And if a dangerous hurricane is approaching - there is shelter. There are shelters for the homeless everywhere I imagine - but I don't understand why a homeless person would rather remain outdoors rather than make use of the shelters.
If homeless people are increasing. Then that is the reflection of the government in England. Meaning the government management is very bad. The government should help it's own people. But often the government is the parasite of the society. Just collecting taxes and doesn't care much to it's own people.
• Northampton, England
• Riga, Latvia
Thank you for this fascinating information. A situation that is similar to the one here in Riga, Latvia. The economy is bad, living is getting more expensive and people are winding up on the streets. I noticed you are from Northampton it caught my eye because years ago when the situation about finances was just starting to get bad here my late husband's son lived in Northampton and he got my husband a job there for about three weeks in a factory. When he returned we were able to get a more solid footing under us.
• Redlands, California
I do not even want to talk bout this is how bad it is over here. People so high and mighty yet more people go homeless each day. The great thing is I meet all these people that go I love Rancid but hate homeless. Shut up Obviously never liked the band you fake pretentious fool. Get out of my face and never talk to me again. Little things people do just show how bad it is.
• United States
I wish our welfare cut people off after a time limit of 6 months. Unfortunately, there are generations of families that live on welfare and never are cut off. When I was laid off in 2008, I went on unemployment compensation for 6 months, but that was based on money I already put into the system. When the 6 months were up, the government asked me if I wanted to stay on, and I said 'No!' I already took back what I contributed. I wasn't out to take other people's money. There are food stamp options that provide fancier meals than what a regular working family can afford. These people get food options, and then re-sell the food or stamps to other people for income that isn't reported. Then they live in state provided housing and don't pay for living expenses. Ask them to work an hour, and they'll whine and scream that they are disabled when there is nothing wrong with them. If they were cut off, that's be the end of them, and that would be fine in my opinion. The trash needs to go. There is one 'welfare' family around here that bought themselves a 3D printer with the money they made from selling food stamps. Do you know how expensive those are? And they make key chains and knickknacks that they sell on the side. The system needs some serious policing. Yet no one does anything. I'm glad Brexit means that you can kick your trash out. I wish we could flush ours.