Greens criticise homelessness fines

Oxford City Council’s latest threats to fine rough sleepers in the city centre have been sharply criticised by the city’s Green councillors. Community Protection Notices were served last Wednesday to people in the city centre with “no fixed abode” requiring the removal of “obstruction on any pavement […] that may constitute a hazard”. The notices […]

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Court decision may allow Iffley Open House to remain until April

A possession order for the Iffley Open House site was granted to current leaseholder The Midcounties Co-operative this morning, after a court hearing. Following discussions between the residents and Mid-Counties Co-operative, it would allow those living in the Wadham-owned property to remain throughout the coldest months of the year. In a statement released this afternoon, however, Wadham reiterated […]

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Wadham responds to temporary Iffley homeless shelter: college is “making every effort”

Students, residents and local homeless people gathered this morning to hang a banner reading “People need homes, empty spaces need people” on the old VW garage on Iffley Road. The move accompanies a new petition urging the building’s owners, Wadham College, to assist the city’s homeless. Wadham responded, stating that it is “investigating the ramifications […]

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OUSU support for On Your Doorstep

This week, OUSU publishes the result of its survey on student attitudes towards homelessness, which was completed by over 1,100 Oxford students. Ninety-four per cent of respondents recognised that homelessness was a big problem in Oxford. Oxford has the second highest level of homelessness per capita in the country. However, many students indicated they were […]

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Giving the homeless a helping ‘pfand’

Traveling can truly open your eyes to the extraordinary, and often overlooked differences between supposedly similar regions. Take for example, the different drinking cultures to be found in my homeland of England, and my current home of Germany. Here in Deutschland, the cheapest beers will set you a back a mere sixty cents, and, conforming […]

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