Against the Public Space Protection Order

By Richie Nimmo (@RichieNimmo)   I write not as any kind of expert but as a city centre resident, to express my revulsion at the City Council’s plans to introduce a Public Space Protection Order in Piccadilly and Deansgate wards, and my opposition to the current public consultation being carried out to that end. My …

VICTORY: NatWest says Yes to DSS

By ACORN (@ACORN_tweets)   Back in November, ACORN put together a coalition of ourselves, Living Rent (Scotland) and London Renters Union for a nationwide day of action against NatWest. Our demand was simple: drop the discriminatory clause preventing landlords from renting to benefits claimants.   Our members occupied and picketed bank branches up and down the …

Manchester City Council’s PSPO consultation: fewer safeguards for the homeless

By Greater Manchester Law Centre (@gmlawcentre)   The Public Space Protection Order consultation has attracted media attention and discussion. Working with others in the legal community, we have produced information on the main concerns we have. We aim to support local housing campaigns groups, many of whom are already acting on this issue, and this …

Don’t criminalise the homeless!

  By Greater Manchester Housing Action (@gmhousingaction)   GMHA is urging people who live in, work in or visit Manchester city centre to share and respond to this consultation. Manchester City Council (MCC) is canvassing public opinion on introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to clamp down on various behaviours regarded as anti-social:   Commercial …

Eccles Shelter residents reveal the flaw in homeless provision

By Greater Manchester Law Centre (@gmlawcentre)   Dear Greater Manchester Housing Campaigners, I know many of you will have been following the case of The Eccles Shelter residents fighting eviction from the NHS. We write to you today with an update on their case, with the petition they set up, and with more information on why …

Greater Manchester plan for jobs, homes…and the environment?

By Mark H Burton (Steady State Manchester)   After several delays the Greater Manchester Combined Authority has published the new draft of its Spatial Framework.  The previous version, published in late 2016 met considerable criticism, especially from groups campaigning on green space but also from other quarters, including our own critique of its assumptions of …

Manchester demands a Winter Homelessness Plan

By Persons Unknown, MCR During December 2018, there were four deaths on the streets of Manchester, and Persons Unknown MCR believe that more deaths go undocumented each month. In response, they occupied an empty building on Market Street to demand the Council be proactive with a Winter Homelessness Plan (WHP). Whilst homelessness isn’t winter specific, …

We want our lives back, we want this nightmare to end

By Green Quarter residents (@GqrMcr) For 18 months residents living in the Green Quarter, Manchester, have been living with the knowledge that two of our blocks have the type of cladding that is “more flammable than petrol”; the same cladding that facilitated the Grenfell Tower fire to take hold so rapidly and with such devastating …

ACORN Manchester – 2018 in review

By ACORN Manchester (@AcornManchester)   As we enter 2019, it’s good to take stock - to stop and reflect on the 12 previous months. Evaluate how it all went. And how did it go for ACORN this year? We absolutely smashed it. Tripling our membership since we launched in January, winning countless cases for our …