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To: Councillor Randolph Conteh

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.


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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.

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.

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 -

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.

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.

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