Charity Chief Executives and so-called housing experts are gearing up for this year’s homelessness industry conference which is due to be held at a four star hotel with ticket prices as high as £715!
Next month’s Under One Roof conference is organised by charity umbrella body Homeless Link and provides a chance for homelessness experts to talk about homeless people without any actual homeless people being present. This year’s swanky bash is being held at the Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire where according to Homeless Link “Delegates staying overnight are also entitled to complimentary use of the leisure club facilities, which include a heated indoor swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, spa, steam room and solarium.”
Were somebody who is homeless wishing to access this event they would be forced to pay the non-member rate of £320 just for one day, and they don’t even get to stay in the hotel for that. For the entire two days, plus accommodation, then the bill rises to over £700 – around ten times the weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance payment many homeless people survive on. Homelessless charities who run hostels evict residents for running up smaller service charge arrears than that every day of the week.
When not swanning around by the pool, or enjoying the promised slap up meal, delegates to this year’s conference will attend workshops held by ‘industry experts’. Experts like Jeremy ‘send ’em back’ Swain of charity Thamesreach who will lead a discussion on whether it is ‘counter-productive’ to carry on working with destitute migrants.
Other hot topics will include, predictably, fundraising, crowdsourcing, and “how to pool resources to enable you to bid for contracts that would otherwise be out of reach”. Those four star hotel bills won’t pay themselves you know.
It will not be front line homelessness workers attending this event of course, but middle managers, ‘professionals’ and charity bosses – the kind of people who could afford to pay for their own fucking hotel. Instead well meaning charity donors, homeless hostel residents and of course tax payers, will fund this lavish and drink-soaked skive. And drink-soaked it will be, after the arduous day of workshops the organisers promise a drinks reception, followed by a conference dinner – with entertainment provided by a top magician (perhaps he can magic up some fucking housing) – and then another drinks reception. These are the same charities that run nasty campaigns telling people not to give money to homeless beggars because they will only spend it on booze or drugs. Give your spare change to a homelessness charity instead they say, so highly paid Chief Executives can spend it on fine wine, magicians and posh hotels.
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