The motion raises concerns about Home Office decision making, the pervasive culture of disbelief, and the effects of poverty and homelessness on the dignity and spirit of people who have come here to seek safety. It also raises specific concerns about the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people fleeing persecution.
The speeches made by Cllrs Bev Craig and Susanne Richards in support of the motion were heartfelt and moving and were woven through with local stories of people who have come to Manchester to seek safety and the many obstacles that have been thrown in their way.
Getting to this point has been a truly collaborative effort. For all the people who have bravely shared their stories and shown such strength in impossibly difficult circumstances… for all those people and groups who stand in solidarity and give practical support to those facing destitution… for everyone who has met with, called, and written to their councillors… and for all those of you who have tirelessly raised awareness about the shameful treatment of people who have come to Manchester to seek safety only to be forced into poverty and homelessness – this motion could not have happened without you!
And now… Manchester Council is seen as the lead on migration and asylum in the north west, so this motion should make it much easier to convince other councils to jump on board. If you live or work anywhere else in Greater Manchester please get in touch for the latest on where the Dignity not Destitution campaign is up to in your area. Follow @RAANorthWest and visit: dignitynotdestitution.wordpress.com/ for the latest.
The wording of the motion is Manchester Council motion on destitution 26.3.14
All eleven Council motions can be found on the website under Resources.