Liverpool accused of â€˜driving homeless from benches'
MP Nadine Dorries has accused Liverpool City Council of trying to drive out homeless people from public benches by attaching arm rests.
The MP tweeted that “Labour run Liverpool has arm rests across all public benches so that the homeless can’t lie down”. She followed that tweet saying “I don’t get any council which ‘thinks’ like that. How do we make it really difficult for those in dire straights and in need of help?” Along with the tweets she also attached pictures of the benches she was talking about, reports 24dash.
Liverpool City Council’s spokesperson said: “It is not the case that our public benches have arm rests to prevent the homeless from lying down. We have outreach workers for homeless people and good provisions for them. We are at a loss to understand why somebody would say that. Our benches some have arm rests at the end but that’s not to prevent people from lying on them.”
These accusations have come on the same week metal spikes have been placed outside of a black of flats in London to prevent rough sleepers.
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