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Jumping the gun

September 10th 2009
Council bosses in Edinburgh have launched an investigation against a senior council manager in charge of getting homeless people off the city's streets, after he apparently suggested a problem case should be taken to Belarus and shot. An email sent from his address to three senior figures in his department about a humanitarian scheme in Belarus for homeless people was then forwarded on, apparently accidentally, to more than 70 staff in the department. The message was sent with an email on the Stand International scheme, which will see 20 young homeless volunteers and eight team leaders from Scotland take part in a humanitarian project. In the email, Mr Smith told three of his superiors that homeless client William Godsell, 54, could "lie about his age and take up this wonderful opportunity" in Belarus. "They might then employ a solution to Mr Godsell's homelessness via Mr Kalashnikov's tried and trusted method of dealing with 'issues'," he wrote. Sources within the homelessness department say they were concerned Mr Smith had not been treated in the same way as other staff who have been suspended over emails. One member of staff said: "I'm ashamed to think that he is our leader. It is a disgusting way for someone in that position to act."

September 2009



Best foot forward

Jumping the gun

Doing the Kiltwalk

Sally forth

Homelessness Hurts

The soup report: The right help in the right place at the right time?

Space at Emmaus

MP's expense and being on the street

Anger at a common scene

Operation Loose Change

London's 15 per cent rise in homeless

Swine flu preparations made

Goings on at Novas

Westminster fails to follow up on street count accuracy

Inquest goes ahead as homeless man's family is found

Charities squabble with politicians over homeless rights

Bum fights caused 27 deaths last year

Professional beggars working in Leicester

Belfast local charged with murdering his nephew

Seattle "breached constitutional rights‚Äö?Ñ?? by refusing tent city

Thames Reach, Blenheim partner up

Homeless services to pay for banning animals

Economic crisis transforming US homeless population

Street Shield 7: The Missing Man


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