Research reveals 89% of homeless experience worsening mental health

Research has uncovered the shocking toll being homeless has on the health of this most vulnerable and growing community. The results, which included responses from those living in temporary accommodation or sleeping rough, revealed 89% of homeless people completing the survey experienced worsening mental health due to their lack of secure good quality housing. The […]

Ethical guide to reporting produced to fight the rise of poverty porn

To combat the negative images of poverty portrayed in the media, often referred to as poverty porn, a new film Reporting UK Poverty has been produced by young filmmakers from The Reporters’ Academy in collaboration with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Demonisation of the poor is rife in the media. They are blamed for […]

Not the fake news : real stories of refuge and asylum

We have all seen the frequently published articles of the right wing press monstering refugees and asylum seekers. Using them as a scapegoat for all of society’s ill’s and diverting attention away from the inadequate government policy that causes them. Refugee’s are blamed for the shortage of housing, long NHS waiting times, lack of school […]

Hulme community activist facing eviction for DIY to his own home

A vulnerable man living on the Bentley House Estate in Hulme since 1996 is threatened with eviction from a flat he bought in 2006, due to DIY changes he carried out to the property. After a long fought battle with the Registered Social Landlords owning the building containing the flat, he is faced with destitution […]

It beggars belief: Rochdale Council plans to punish the homeless and restrict civil liberties

Rochdale Council are proposing sweeping new laws that will force homeless people to pay fines for begging and also restrict freedom of expression by fining the distribution of unauthorised printed materials and leaflets. The proposals, which are still open to limited public consultation, have been condemned by human rights charity Liberty as a “staggering misuse […]

What would you change about Manchester?

In the last episode of ‘The Meteor Asks Manchester…’ residents spoke about the changes they have seen Manchester go through, both good and bad. This episode explores how people might want the city to change for the better – a difficult question to answer on the spot. Residents’ aspirations for Manchester included ending homelessness, greening […]

Mayoral candidates for Greater Manchester on the housing crisis

Housing is a basic human right. Yet for many across Greater Manchester (GM) that right is not being met. Increasing numbers of people are falling through the UK’s’ social security safety net and becoming homeless. Poor housing conditions and rocketing rents are rampant across the region, and there is a severe shortage of new homes […]

Rough sleeping in Manchester continues to rise

As Manchester experiences temperatures below freezing, the latest figures released on rough sleeping show an increasing amount of unfortunate and vulnerable people having to endure these severe conditions. The data records an 11% increase of rough sleepers in Manchester in the Autumn of 2016, compared to the previous autumn. Manchester also came fourth highest in […]