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Labour plans to push through Homeless Tax on World Homeless Day scrapped

October 10, 2019 12:25 PM
Originally published by North West Liberal Democrats

Plans by Manchester Council to push forward with the much-maligned Homeless Tax on World Homeless Day (10/10/19) have been scrapped.

John Leech MPReacting to the news that Manchester Council had planned to push forward with the Homeless Tax on World Homeless Day, Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Manchester John Leech said there was a "dark and sinister sense of irony."

John Leech has been leading the campaign to scrap the Homeless Tax. His open letter to Council Leader Richard Leese has amassed more than 7,000 signatures.

Liberal Democrat Leader John Leech said:

"There's a dark and sinister sense of irony in Manchester today. On World Homeless Day, Manchester Council had planned to push forward with plans to implement the truly sickening Homeless Tax.

"If enacted, the Homeless Tax will be remembered as one of the most unforgivable and deplorable misuses of power in local government history.

"Today, on World Homeless Day, we should renew our collective fight to get everyone off our streets and into decent homes. We must tackle the social and affordable housing crisis in Manchester and stop wasting money on vanity projects.

"But this policy kicks those already on the floor and hanging this over the heads of our city's most vulnerable is just shameful."