A hotel in Greater Manchester has come under fire from Andy Burnham for removing homeless people who had been staying there in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The ‘extremely disappointed’ mayor for Greater Manchester claimed that Britannia Hotels removed people from the premises yesterday (March 24) and left them ‘with nowhere to go’.
This happened after the hotel had agreed to put people up as part of a £5m plan to house up to a thousand people sleeping rough rough sleepers and those in shared accommodation.
Britannia Hotels has already come under fire for sacking staff at one of its hotels and evicted from their live-in accommodation
The scheme to put up homeless people in Greater Manchester’s hotel has already secured 625 rooms in hotels across the city-region.
Leaders are hoping to secure a further 375 by this Friday, with council staff also providing food, sanitary products, dental supplies and mobile phones to those staying.
Speaking at a press conference for the regional COVID-19 emergency committee, Mr Burnham thanked the firms offering to support the scheme.
But he said: “We have had one establishment where people were accommodated but have since been evicted despite having an agreement between Manchester council and this particular establishment, Britannia Hotels.
“That led to a pretty major incident where people were put out with nowhere to go. That was unfair on them and it was unfair on council staff who had to deal with a very challenging situation.
“While it’s right for me to praise those organisations stepping forward and doing the right, I think it’s equally important to say that we don’t accept that kind of response once an agreement has been reached to accommodate people.
“We’ve considered that to be an extremely disappointing approach from that particular organisation, and it’s only right that it’s brought to the public’s attention because we don’t think it is the way that things should be done.”
Britannia Hotels has been contacted for comment.