To: Councillor Randolph Conteh

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, stop persecuting the homeless

Stoke-on-Trent City Council, stop persecuting the homeless

(1) scrap plans to fine the homeless

(2)provide funding to homeless shelters to manage homelessness throughout this winter

Why is this important?

Stoke-on-Trent has the dubious distinction of being called the Monkey Dust capital of the U.K. A blite on the reputation and economy of Stoke-on-Trent.

We the undersigned, are disgusted and ashamed that Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire Police, rather than tackling the supply and use of drugs and other street crimes, are focusing on the homeless and fining them £100.

This proposal is not only sadistic but increases the pressure on the police, courts, probation services as well as council resources, during a time of peak demand and will do nothing to reduce genuine homelesses.

We demand that as the Councillor responsible for Communities, you take immediate action to stop the persecution of the most vulnerable people in our city and drop plans to fine the genuinely homeless.

This is the second year in a row that Stoke-on-Trent City Council has attempted to victimise the homeless and profit from their misfortune In a move so disgusting that Scrooge himself would be ashamed by it.

Homelessness will not end by hiding the problem nor profiting from their misery but by acting with compassion, decency and vision.

To be clear, we have no objection to the prosecution of criminals, who feign homelessness to take advantage of the public or aggressively beg for money, however, we seek an acceptance and protection for the genuine homeless.

How it will be delivered

To e-mail the completed petition to Councillor Conteh to be considered as part of the consultation regarding the policy. Updates will be posted both to this site and to the Facebook page.

Stoke-on-Trent

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Reasons for signing

  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council should be trying to set an example to other authorities by pioneering ways of tackling this problem and not overzealously persecuting some of the most vulnerable members of our communities by trying to sweep inconveniences off our streets and sanitise our town centres.
  • These poor people have too much of a hard time as it is. Stop harrasing them.
  • Homeless people have enough of a hard time as it is.. Stop taking everything out on the poor!!

Updates

2018-11-06 16:14:48 +0000

Still awaiting for an official response.

2018-10-23 19:25:23 +0100

Stoke-on-Trent City Council acknowledge petition receipt.
See the Facebook page to read the full acknowledgement.

2018-10-19 12:36:53 +0100

This is the letter that went to Councillor Conteh a few moments ago, with our petition.

2018-10-18 21:58:38 +0100

My plan to deliver the petition via e-mail tomorrow. I will then post updates here and on the 38 Degrees website only. Any correspondence from Councillor Conteh or the Council generally will also be posted.

I wish you all a good night and thank you again, for your continued support.

Dave

2018-10-18 16:49:22 +0100

It's your final chance to sign our petition and join 1242 people, demanding that Stoke-on-Trent City Council drop plans to fine the genuinely homeless.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-10-17 17:57:55 +0100

We now have a phenomenal 1242 signatures. I will be submitting our petition on Friday afternoon. Please, can I ask you all to ask your family and friends to sign our petition.

2018-10-12 16:05:18 +0100

We now have 1214 signatures on our petition. Please, join us at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-10-11 22:57:19 +0100

After some inertia, we just smashed 1200 signatures!

2018-10-11 20:27:27 +0100

We currently have 1187 signatures on our petition. We would like to submit our petition next Friday. So, can you join us in a final push for signatures by asking your friends, family and wider social networks to sign the petition.
I will post updates on here, Facebook and Twitter from when the petition is delivered.

In anticipation of your continued support.

Dave

2018-10-11 17:14:02 +0100

Our current total is 1165 signatures.

2018-10-11 17:13:14 +0100

On a related note independent of our campaign, The Sentinel's Martin Tideswell posted this on Facebook, yesterday.

https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/revealed-35m-homelessness-hub-support-2087496

2018-10-10 11:22:18 +0100

1,152 people join our petition demanding Stoke Council drop plans to fine the homeless.

(link: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless) you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stok…

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#Homeless

2018-10-08 16:28:43 +0100

We're up to 1,100 signatures. Thank you :)

2018-10-07 18:39:37 +0100

Remember, our campaign is about people by the people. Please, ask your family, friends and wider social networks to sign our petition and ask their friends to join us too.
Our campaign is about basic right and wrong and is open to all people, of all backgrounds who share a shared value of decency and common sense.

2018-10-07 15:48:49 +0100

We now have 1076 signatures towards our next goal of 2,000.

2018-10-07 13:47:01 +0100

Before lunch, I e-mailed all of our city councillors to invite them to sign our petition and to promote the petition.

2018-10-06 23:17:25 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-10-05 20:29:29 +0100

As at 20:28 975 signatures demanding that Stoke City Council drop plans to fine the homeless.

2018-10-01 22:16:48 +0100

As at 22:15 we have 860 signatures. 140 more signatures needed to reach Wednesday's target of 1,000 by midnight.

2018-10-01 20:52:55 +0100

As at 20:44 841 signatures!

Today, I have raised our campaign with other media services, the Comunities Secretary, the Shadow Communities Secretary, the Parliamentary Committee for Communities in addition to raising our profile with local homeless groups.
We remain on target to achieve 1,000 signatures by midnight on Wednesday. However, we can't sit on our laurels. In addition to my efforts tomorrow, can you also continue to ask family, friends, colleagues and contacts across you social media platforms to join our campaign and sign our petition.
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-10-01 15:59:16 +0100

We have now reached 803 signatures :)

2018-10-01 13:12:35 +0100

We've narrowly missed our target of 800 signatures by 1pm. The current total is 782. Our new target will be 1,000 signatures by midnight Wednesday.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-10-01 11:49:27 +0100

Stoke Council's pernicious plan to fine the homeless has been discussed on the radio this morning and the Guardian, over the weekend. Our campaign is not only just but is gaining traction across the city and the media.

I ask all 777 of you to discuss this with your family, friends and colleagues and urge them to sign our petition.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-10-01 08:24:44 +0100

Overnight, our signatures reached 720 signatures. As we start Day3 of our petition, we are in a commanding position to achieve our new target of 800 signatures!

2018-10-01 00:16:50 +0100

This weekend, I have promoted our campaign across social media, with the media and with supporters of previous campaigns. Onwards....

2018-09-30 22:06:15 +0100

Currently we have 650 signatures. Let's see if we can get 700 by midnight. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-09-30 20:40:53 +0100

We have just smashed 600 signatures, demanding that Stoke-on-Trent Council drops plans to FINE the homeless.
Remember, at work, playground or lecture theatre, ask your friends to join us and tell Stoke-on-Trent Council and Staffordshire Police, where they can shove their fine!

2018-09-30 17:29:58 +0100

Tomorrow we will awake refreshed from a good sleep, in a warm comfortable bed and read to face challenges at work or school.
Tomorrow, the homeless will awake cold after a short nap and relive the nightmare of another day. He will be shood from a doorway as staff arrive for work and look for scraps left by revellers the night before. Moved on, the find a bench and what the world go by. Cold and emptiness and loneliness return. The school children mock him on the way to school and leave him alone once more. People walk passed him and look through him. A spectre to an uncaring world.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless?source=whatsapp-share-button

2018-09-30 17:26:16 +0100

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-09-30 17:26:03 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-09-30 17:24:59 +0100

Tomorrow we will awake refreshed from a good sleep, in a warm comfortable bed and read to face challenges at work or school.
Tomorrow, the homeless will awake cold after a short nap and relive the nightmare of another day. He will be shood from a doorway as staff arrive for work and look for scraps left by revellers the night before. Moved on, the find a bench and what the world go by. Cold and emptiness and loneliness return. The school children mock him on the way to school and leave him alone once more. People walk passed him and look through him. A spectre to an uncaring world.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-09-30 15:48:09 +0100

Enjoyed Sunday lunch?

If you had £100, would you get a pub lunch or look in bins behind McDonald's? Exactly!

Join 403 people demanding Stoke Council scraps plans to FINE the homeless £100.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-09-30 13:47:26 +0100

An amazing 278 people have now signed a petition calling on Stoke City Council to drop plans to fine the homeless.
If this sounds like a Dickensian novel, sign our petition at - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-09-29 21:42:56 +0100

I was shocked to read updates from two friends who work in the community and with the homeless about the number of homeless trafficked into Stoke-on-Trent by criminal gangs and dumped.
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless

2018-09-29 20:40:53 +0100

We've just smashed 200 signatures!

2018-09-29 13:51:11 +0100

Wow! In less than 13 hours we have 133 signatures on our petition demanding that Stoke-on-Trent Council and Staffordshire Police scrap plans to FINE HOMELESS people £100.
Join us, tell Stoke-on-Trent Council and Staffordshire Police, where they can shove their £100 fine.

2018-09-29 10:51:30 +0100

You stars!!!

Thanks to you standing up for what is right. 102 have now signed our petition demanding that Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire police stop the victimisation of the homeless.

Please, ask you family, friends and colleagues to join us by signing the petition at The success of politicians isn't the number of votes they get nor the office they hold but how they choose to treat the vulnerable. Those who can't vote, can't say thank you and can do our public representatives little good.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stoke-on-trent-city-council-stop-persecuting-the-homeless.

Thank you.

2018-09-29 10:28:24 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-09-29 07:56:04 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-09-29 03:08:30 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-09-29 00:12:30 +0100

10 signatures reached