Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/996/27381

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 May 2018

Homeless charity colluding with Home Office to deport homeless!

The Tories have increasingly persecuted the homeless, photo Garry Knight (CC)

The Tories have increasingly persecuted the homeless, photo Garry Knight (CC)   (Click to enlarge)

Jack Jeffrey, homeless worker and Unite LE1111 branch member

Lawyers from the Public Interest Law Unit (PILU) have submitted a formal complaint against St Mungo's, one of the leading homelessness charities in the UK, for its work in colluding with the Home Office to illegally deport homeless EEA (European Economic Area) nationals.

As part of Theresa May's 'hostile environment' policy, the government had been arresting homeless EU migrants, placing them in detention and deporting them back to their country of origin on the spurious basis that if they were homeless they could not be exercising their EU treaty rights.

After this shameful practice was unearthed by a Corporate Watch report, a successful campaign was launched against this practice. This led to a judicial review, which in December 2017 declared the government's policy unlawful.

Since then a Freedom of Information request to Brent Council has emerged which reveals St Mungo's policy was to pass on the details of any EEA nationals who refused to be voluntarily 'reconnected' to their country of origin after 12 months to the Home Office.

This backs up the claims of the Corporate Watch report that not only did the Home Office act unlawfully, but it was with the collusion and support of homeless charities. These charities identified homeless EEA nationals for the Home Office to remove either through data sharing, or by allowing them to accompany the charity's outreach teams on shifts.

How did an organisation founded to support some of the most vulnerable in society come to act this way?

In the past charities and voluntary organisations were funded by donations or grants giving them freedom to act how they best saw fit.

However, following the financial crash in 2008 and the following years of austerity this has increasingly been replaced by income from government wishing to contract-out our services to cut costs.

As councils wishing to reduce the 'nuisance' of homelessness set high targets, often through payment by results contracts, the character of management in these organisations changes and they increasingly view their clients just as numbers.

Despite repeated warnings from St. Mungo's staff and the Unite LE1111 housing workers' branch that this policy was morally wrong and making vulnerable clients avoid outreach teams, it was this that led St Mungo's to carry on regardless.


Homeless persecuted

Following the scandal earlier this year when the Tory leader of Windsor council said he intended to move homeless people during the royal wedding event (later rescinded after a public backlash), it transpires that over 50 councils in England and Wales have slapped public space protection orders (PSPO) on homeless people, resulting in bans and fines.

According to the Guardian, one homeless man was fined 105 for breaching a PSPO after a child dropped a 2 coin into his sleeping bag!

Donate to the Socialist Party

Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • Our 'fighting coronavirus workers' charter', outlines a programme to combat the virus and protect workers' living conditions.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our special coronavirus appeal.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 23 May 2018:


What we think

Tories prepare for possible snap election


Socialist Party news and analysis

Capitalism's Grenfell shame - Tories must go

Homeless charity colluding to deport homeless!

Youthful enthusiasm to break with repression of past

New Ebola threat

Government continues to back failed private rail

Support refugees rights


France '68

May 1968: 'Communist' leaders hand power back to defeated bosses


Socialist Party workplace news

Victory: how school strike beat 'academy' privatisers

Threat to unity of PCS left

PCS conference votes for strike action

Solid strike at Tesco Dagenham distribution centre forces pay talks

Services disappearing from Harrogate

College staff caught between the devil and the deep blue sea

First ever strike at TGI Fridays


International socialist news and analysis

Yes to the struggle to lift the siege

Tax Amazon movement wins in Seattle


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Stop Trump! Build for 13 July student walkouts

Student leaders claim one million on the streets against Brexit - fight for a workers' exit

Let's sell 1,000 extra copies of issue 1000!

Leicester socialists fight poverty-paying sweatshops

Sheffield Pride organisers defeated in attempt to ban politics

40 attend Socialist Party housing campaign launch in Windsor


Section 28

30 years on from Section 28: the legacy of fighting LGBT+ attacks must continue


Opinion

How 'Prevent' training fosters racist paranoia

Ads won't fix it: fight mental health cuts as well as stigma

We can learn about struggle from the mass trespass of Kinder Scout

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 May 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Homelessness:

triangleHousing crisis: what now and after the pandemic?

triangleHomeless left on streets during pandemic

triangleDetermined St Mungo's homelessness workers strike for three days

triangleHousing workers explain reality to idiot Boris Johnson

triangleUnsafe, unaffordable housing scandal

Homeless:

triangleTV: Ross Kemp - Living with Forced Out Families

triangleKey workers should make bold demands

triangleWorkers at homelessness charity St Mungo's on strike, London, 17 March 2020

triangleThem & Us

Government:

triangleTories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system

trianglePCS union: Reject longer DWP opening hours

triangleGE Aviation workers march to save jobs

EU:

triangleWakefield Socialist Party: Splits in the EU

triangleBattered Tories face divisions and growing anger

Council:

triangleEngage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online

Theresa May:

triangleTheresa May admits tuition fees system is broken - but plans new attacks on students

Detention:

triangleTears and anger over the treatment of the Windrush generation

Housing:

triangleA-level results day 2020: Fight for our future!

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

5/8/20

Coronavirus

Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system

5/8/20

Coronavirus

Capitalism's 'vaccine war' shows need for socialist cooperation

5/8/20

Labour Party

Labour payouts: unions must discuss political representation

5/8/20

Coronavirus

NHS pay: 15% for all now

5/8/20

Coronavirus

From first wave to second? Capitalism's Covid failures

5/8/20

Universities

What would socialist universities look like?

22/7/20

China

Huawei: what's behind Johnson's u-turn?

22/7/20

Coronavirus

Fight for our livelihoods... Fight for our lives!

22/7/20

Music

Saving the music industry from pandemic and austerity

22/7/20

Luton

Luton Council sunk by airport investment: fight for funding, not speculation!

22/7/20

The Socialist

Getting the Socialist over the summer

22/7/20

Coronavirus

Fight for the NHS

22/7/20

NHS

Tories using pandemic to privatise NHS more

22/7/20

Them & Us

Them & Us

22/7/20

Steel

Nationalise Tata Steel to save jobs

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


August 2020

July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999