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MP's expense and being on the street

September 24th 2009
 
Dear Editor, The real tragedy of the MP's expenses scandal is the affront it presents to homeless people. It also offends all those who care for them, including the multitude of volunteers who engage in helping others for no other personal purpose than the satisfaction of doing so. Many services for the homeless, unemployed and marginalised simply would not be able to function without the generosity of these armies of volunteers. Much of this work goes unnoticed, even when volunteers have been around for years and years. By contrast, MPs seem able to claim for anything that takes their whim. Many have second homes that remain empty for much or all of the year. Others rent out these homes to their families and friends at a profit to themselves. Surely this a clearly defined and real insult to the dignity of the homeless? Will these MPs be prosecuted? Well, don't hold your breath. Yours Sincerely, Tony Porter Dear Mr Porter, thank you for your letter, and I hope you'll like a couple of the cartoons in this issue - pages 18 and 31. Editor
 
 
 

September 2009

 

Contents

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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