Sheffield Equality Group

Behind the statistics

More than 4,000 people a night have been sleeping rough on England’s streets, a 16% increase on last year … Jon Sparkes, the chief executive of Crisis, said: “Behind these statistics are thousands of desperate people, sleeping in doorways, bin shelters, stations and parks – anywhere they can find to stay safe and escape the elements.” (BBC)
 
“It seems to me that the politicians in London are so far from the working fella that they don’t know how much a shop at Asda is. They don’t know how much it costs to live. They think people have the money they need, but they don’t.” – low pay, cuts, and the struggle to get by in Barnsley (Buzzfeed)
 
“The building owners are treating human beings like pigeons. I woke up on Sunday morning with a right bee in my bonnet and had to do something.” – a family in Manchester covers anti-homeless spikes with cushions
 
One of the main causes of poverty and homelessness is high housing and rental costs. One of the ways to tackle that is through public pressure. The #RentersRising campaign co-ordinated by Acorn Sheffield is looking to make a real difference to the conditions many face in the city
 
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Forthcoming
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meet
Wednesday 1st February, 7pm-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, St. James’ St, S1 2EW
Plans for the year ahead – links ups with stuff like Festival of Debate and the Sheff4Ten campaign – and any bright ideas for tackling income inequality! Hosted by Sheffield Equality Group. All welcome. Free, donations for tea and biscuits.
 
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Snowballs!
The marvellous Hans Rosling on inequality going down for the world, but up for countries, with snowballs…