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Soup run furore

 
September 26th 2009
 
The perpetual battle between Westminster City Council and soup runs flared up on 23rd August when Councillor Angela Harvey questioning the work of soup runs on BBC Radio London. Westminster Council alleged that soup runs "keep homeless people on the streets" and maintained its long-held stance that soup run volunteers should redirect their actions to help in other ways. Housing Justice countered this statement, and Alison Gelder, its chief executive, said: "Soup runs can have a positive impact on the lives of many people, particularly the homeless and vulnerable. Soup run volunteers provide not just food but a much needed and regular point of contact to people whose lives are often chaotic. Ideally, soup runs should be a complementary arm of the services available to homeless and vulnerable people." Gelder stressed that for many, including Eastern Europeans in the UK, soup runs are a lifeline. The next Soup Run Forum, to coordinate activity and produce a guide to good practice, will be held on 1st November.
 
 
 

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Contents

Another Marylebone? Rough sleepers evicted from St Luke's

The long march

Christmas comes early at WCC

It's harder for homeless couples

Soup run furore

Rough sleeper murdered

Surrey Street... again!

Ex-homeless set up outreach

Rumour control

Murder at Marble Arch

Planning application Crisis

Homeless World Cup report

Toilet fumes at CSTM

Alternatives to hostels: No. 2 - Dome Village, USA

Sleep Less Rough tests

Legal lounge: Disability Living Allowance

Oi, mate, I'm A8: alcohol

Picking over the bones of addiction: opiate users

A lexicon of homeless industry jargon: No. 2

 

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