The Mancunian Way: 'My heart bleeds for them'
21.11.2023 - 14:47
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Here at The Mancunian Way we try to cover all bases in our attempts to reflect life in Greater Manchester in all its broad, gritty and eclectic glory. And hopefully today is no exception.
We’ll be chatting to people in the town where a ‘new beggar appears every week’ and hear how the cost-of-living crisis is driving some to tears. We’ll get the latest as a report into the disappearance of Nicola Bulley is published.
And we’ll also hear about plans to open a swingers club in the back room of an angling shop in Bolton and take a look inside a flash new Greek restaurant in Spinningfields. ‘All human life is there’, to quote the old News of the World motto.
Ted Casey tries to help if he can. “If people come up to me asking if I’ve got any change, I can’t say no,” the 55-year-old said.
“If they’re homeless, I want to help. My heart bleeds for the people who are genuinely homeless.”
And on the streets of Bolton it seems more and more people are asking for help. Locals say begging has skyrocketed in recent months – with many believing it’s simply a sign of the times.
The council says it believes the 'majority' of people begging have somewhere to live, but may instead be dealing with mental health issues or addiction. But with the number of rough sleepers across the UK increasing rapidly, homeless charities see cost-of-living pressures, mental health and addiction, homelessness and begging as linked.
But times are also hard even for those with a roof over their head. Angela Hunt and her husband Ron, from Great Lever, say they’ve
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