Council issues blanket ban
Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 11:53 GMT 

Charities are being banned from handing blankets to homeless people under tough new council rules. Officials in Nottingham say the discarded bedclothes are left littering the city centre and are a threat to staff. 

Sometimes syringes are concealed in dumped blankets and can pose a hazard to street cleaners. But voluntary groups say the ban will make their work more difficult.... 

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Do you agree with this town`s decision to stop handing out blankets to the homeless?
Council issues blanket ban

Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 11:53 GMT

Charities are being banned from handing blankets to homeless people under tough new council rules. Officials in Nottingham say the discarded bedclothes are left littering the city centre and are a threat to staff.

Sometimes syringes are concealed in dumped blankets and can pose a hazard to street cleaners. But voluntary groups say the ban will make their work more difficult....

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:17:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well great, instead of syringes, the ground will be littered with frozed bodies. Can't they just wear gloves that are needle proof, like the police do?
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:24:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
the councils doing the right thing - they are just being abandoned (the blankets) and if that poses a public risk, it should be stopped.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:26:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I have to agree with Neon, if they need them so bad, why are they being dumped??!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:26:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
Is it not a public health risk that the homeless are exposed to the elements? Their welfare must be included in the general public's. For me, it depends on how big the problem is. We have similar programs here, and I don't notice blankets covering the streets, syringe-carrying or otherwise.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:27:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
they should be banned. you don't know who's touched those. think about what's in those blankets: lice, blades, etc. i just think it's dirty
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:28:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
hot, it could be a handful who are doing it. Surely you wouldn't ask other homeless people to reuse blankets lying in the streets.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:35:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
They're homeless people...reusing is fundamental to their existance. I don't agree with abolishing the program, I think its a worthy cause. BUT I can't in clear conscience say its okay to have (possible) disease infected needles and razor blades, etc littering the streets of any city! Its just not sanitary, think of the animals or children or unsuspecting volunteers.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:37:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
they reuse everything they can get their hands on wNs, they eat food off the ground, they re-use needles, they re-use clothes etc - what difference is re-uding a blanket - and if it is so important to them, why are they being dumped?
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:44:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
What? Not all homeless people share needles. Cities with needle-exchange have reduced that behavior greatly. Some are even savy about it. And I reuse clothes. I love vintage stuff. I won't even dignify that eating off the ground remark. I personally know a homeless person (well I did) that would never do that. You can't simply lump them all together in this filthy animalistic group. Well, you can, but it's tremendously misguided. The most functional homeless people are the ones you would never know were homeless.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 12/9/02 - 4:49:12 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't agree with it at all. I think it's very cruel because during the day when it's still cold, homeless people don't have that many places to go as they do at night.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/12/02 - 11:23:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I live near Nottingham and I go there a lot, there are a lot of homeless people there so I can see the problem, but I don't agree with the counsil banning blankets...
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 12/12/02 - 11:26:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
The blankets are obviously dumped because they can get another one the next night and not have to carry it around all day.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/3/03 - 2:10:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
i can see where they are coming from.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 1/3/03 - 5:36:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Where who is coming from?
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/27/03 - 5:57:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
it all comes down to republican politics...
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/27/03 - 6:04:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I tend to agree with some of the posts above--if the homeless really needed blankets, they wouldn't be littering the streets with them. I don't think it's really necessary to ban blankets, they should just enforce the littering laws against the offenders.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/27/03 - 6:11:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
well, the only kind of homeless person that deserves ANYTHING, are those guys with like one leg & can't do anything at all...but most other homeless people don't deserve squat....they flunked out of one of the lowest scoring school systems in the world...they should all go kill themselves so i won't have to deal with them
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 2/27/03 - 6:15:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
nottingham....isn't that where robin hood was from?
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 3/5/03 - 9:07:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Its almost as if they are one step away from killing the people outright. Only not really. But that is hella dick.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 12:35:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Tuesday 2/15/05 - 12:41:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't.
I can see the problem, but I don't agree with the decision.



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