London – Tens of thousands of people will take part in a “mass sleep out” tonight to protest against the “bedroom tax” and other welfare changes.
People will gather in towns and cities across the UK, including London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, and sleep on the streets to draw attention to the effects of the controversial measures.
One of the organisers, Rick Victory, 46, of Cheltenham, said: “We expect at least 3,000 people to take part in the 60-plus events.
“We fear that the cuts will push people who cannot afford to move into the private rented sector towards homelessness.
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Veteran who found his way circles back to help others
By Petula Dvorak
Every night in America, about 70,000 veterans sleep on the streets. For 30 years, Gerard Thomas was one of them.
A paranoid schizophrenic, Thomas took a long time to get back indoors after serving in a stateside military hospital during the Vietnam War.
In and out of prison, mental institutions and straitjackets for decades, sleeping on park benches, in doorways or in the woods, Thomas was living proof of the holes in our social safety net.
He kept looking for help, he said, but like many veterans of that war, all he heard was “No.”
“Back then, people didn’t understand how damaged we were,” said Thomas, 62, who now devotes his life to helping homeless veterans.
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‘Sleep with me and you’ll have my testimony’
LAHORE: A 55-year-old nikah registrar who already has two wives allegedly demanded sex from a 25-year-old divorcee and her widower mother in exchange for testifying in a suit for the recovery of Rs1.5 million
*Sameena Shaikh, 25, in her suit named Abdul Ghafoor Sandrana, 55, nikah registrar of Union Council No 32 Dhaka near Begum Kot Shahdara, as a witness who would support her claim that Rs1.5 million had been put down as the dower amount on the nikahnama. This amount is to be paid to the wife by the husband.
But when the court summoned Sandrana to record his statement, he made several demands from Shaikh, through her mother *Nabiha Kalsoom, 45, including that she marry him. “When I refused, he asked me to spend at least one night with him,” Kalsoom told The Express Tribune.
Kalsoom had recorded calls on her mobile phone which corroborated her story. She played the calls for The Tribune. The caller sounded like Sandrana. …
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