AMBER RUDD TELLS HASTINGS HOMELESS WILL HAVE TO DIE ‘TILL 2027’

AMBER RUDD TELLS HASTINGS HOMELESS WILL HAVE TO DIE ‘TILL 2027’

Over Christmas three homeless people died in Home secretary Amber Rudd’s parliamentary seat, Hastings corner confirmed today.

When Amber Rudd was asked by local paper The Hastings observer to comment on the deaths on the streets of her constituency. The government minister replied:”It is a tragedy when someone dies on the streets and this Government is taking action to make life on the streets a thing of the past.

For the UK as a whole, the Government is committed to halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminating it altogether by 2027.

So the growing homeless population of Hastings and Rye must wait another nine years before they can be sure of a roof over their heads.

How the government hope to even achieve this goal is beyond me.

130,000 children woke up homeless this Christmas as child homelessness reaches 10-year high.

The number of rough sleepers is up by 134% since the Tories came to power.

The number of homeless in the UK is only set to dramatically increase.

Analysis by Heriot-Watt University for Crisis has found that the number of homeless people in Britain will reach 575,000 in 2041, up from 236,000 in 2016. The number of people sleeping rough will more than quadruple from 9,100 in 2016 to 40,100 over the same period, the research found.

B heard media

https://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/politics/amber-rudd-homeless-deaths-a-tragedy-1-8316731

Advertisements

FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS AGAIN!!

image

❤UPDATED❤

On 26th Aug, a member of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who  two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of poverity.

Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

image

Love Activists London

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ”  As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.
image

When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

B heard Media

FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS AGAIN!!

image

❤UPDATED❤

On 26th Aug, Chris Oliver, who is a founding of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who  two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of Homelessness.

image

Love Activists
London

Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ”  As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.

When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

B heard Media

LEAKED HASTINGS COUNCIL INTERNAL EMAIL SHOWS PRESSURE GROWING

image

It has been over four days since Hastings Council tried to close down Love Kitchen, a group of people giving free clothing, support and food to Homeless people and anyone who needs help, since February.

The response from people across the World has been overwhelming.

People have spread the #Love from local residents to Focus E15 to Artist Taxi driver to a Homeless person in Scotland.

Over 1000 people signed the petition in 3 days.

Mainstream media have started to catch up.

This has forced Hastings Council to send out an internel Email to all Council workers and reads…

Dear colleagues,
>
>As at least some of you are aware, there has been
considerable social media in the last couple of days about the ‘Love Kitchen’,
and our involvement with it..
>
>Please find below our statement on this :-
>
>

>The ‘Love Kitchen’, Wellington Place, Hastings
>
>Hastings Borough Council is
committed to working with, and for, its most vulnerable residents.
>
>It has been aware for some time about the operation of the ‘Love Kitchen’, a voluntary operation which provides food, drink and other help to homeless people and other vulnerable people in Hastings. It is keen to work with the Love Kitchen to ensure that both organisations’ aims can be met.
>
>Although the Love Kitchen is not selling goods, and so doesn’t need a street trading licence, food hygiene laws still apply irrespective of whether food is sold, or given away. We certainly wouldn’t expect vulnerable people to be served food which did not meet food hygiene standards, and we have advised the operators of the Love Kitchen to register their operation with Rother District Council, where they are based. This is simply to provide protection to those who are receiving
the food, ensuring it is safely prepared, stored, displayed and served.
>
>We must refute any suggestion or implication that we somehow don’t care for, or provide help for, homeless and other vulnerable people here.
>
>The council pays the Seaview project locally for an outreach worker to work with and support members of the street community, the homeless people who sleep on the streets of Hastings. We have also provided funding to pilot a street outreach activities programme operating out of the Seaview Centre
>
>The Council has also provided funding for a drug and alcohol outreach worker, which proved successful and is now funded by the Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (‘CCG’), part of the NHS.
>
>Members of the council’s housing options team attend weekly multi agency drop in sessions at Seaview and are working with the CCG to provide additional support to members of the street community.

>
>And we are part of a Sussex-wide working group that is coordinating efforts to address rough sleeping across the county. Government funding has been obtained over the last three years to provide a rough sleepers outreach service and to improve joint working and information sharing across all statutory and voluntary organisations who seek to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping. In 2014/15 the Council and partners assisted 64 single homeless people off the street and into suitable accommodation.
>
>Because we do try and encourage a
joined-up approach with other organisations, we would be very keen to help find partners with whom the Love Kitchen can work, rather than it operating in some isolation, as it does now.
>
>In conclusion, Hastings Borough Council does alot of work to support its most vulnerable residents, and is happy to work with the Love Kitchen to identify a suitable location that they can work from, and is properly licensed and regulated. We also encourage them to work through established local charities working with homeless people.

There are many things to say about this Email.

But the most shocking thing is that since Sunday the Council have not contacted Love Kitchen.

Please carry on spreading the Love💖

💖Please sign & share💖
http://https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

Please come down to Hastings on Sunday…
https://www.facebook.com/events/1621588744767960/

FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS

❤UPDATED❤

On 26th Aug, Chris Oliver, who is a founding of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of Homelessness.

image

Love Activists
London

Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

image

Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ” As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.

When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

And if you can, come down to Hastings and show your support on Sunday 5th July

https://www.facebook.com/events/1621588744767960/

B heard Media