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Manchester City Council
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Manchester Council wastes enough money to house every single rough sleeper on failing fountains
 

Manchester Council has spent enough money to house every single person sleeping rough in Manchester for an entire year... on fountains, the Liberal Democrats have uncovered.

In an Executive meeting on Wednesday, the council approved spending a further £771,000 on revamping Exchange Square's fountains on top of the £400,000 spent on Piccadilly Garden's fountains.

This means nearly £1.2m will have been spent on city centre fountains in just two years - enough money to house every single person sleeping rough for an entire year, with a hot meal, warm shower and access to a support worker.

The Liberal Democrat opposition voted against the plans.

Liberal Democrat Opposition Finance Spokesperson, Greg Stanton, said:

“In the last couple of years, Labour have wasted £1.2m on failing fountains; had we spent that same amount on Liberal Democrat priorities, we could have housed every single person sleeping rough in Manchester for an entire year, along with a hot meal, a warm shower and access to a support worker.


"Now, weigh up the difference that could have made versus the difference a revamped fountain will make.

“But, only Manchester Labour could talk about taking homelessness seriously whilst recklessly throwing away enough money to house every rough sleeper… on fountains. It's deplorable.

“As with all of Labour’s vanity projects, the Liberal Democrats will oppose this with all our energy and fight to re-prioritise public money for 
social change, not vanity projects and endless failing fountains.”

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All enquiries: Pablo O'Hana
pohana@mcrlibdems.org.uk | 07745839916

Notes:

  • Press photos here.
  • Executive report can be found here - relevant motion on Page 34, under Item 3, 'City Council’s Proposals Requiring Specific Council Approval'.
  • Calculations:
    • Human Appeal report that £60 is enough to house two homeless people for one night, with a hot meal, warm shower and access to a support worker. (link here)
    • £1,171,000 (total cost of fountains) divided by 365 days (one year) = £3,208 (per day)
    • £3,208 (per day) divided by £30 (cost to house one homeless person per night) = 107 people
    • Therefore around 100-110 people could have been housed for a year
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