Party hits at hotel that shuns Hull’s homeless

The Hull hotel that cancelled a booking by for 28 homeless people, has been condemned by the Yorkshire Party.

The BBC reported that the group had been due to stay at the Royal Hotel but the booking was then cancelled, prompting an outcry.

Royal Hotel       Image: Charles Rispin

The hotel later said it had been told about damage to rooms by the group at the Ibis hotel last Christmas.

The Raise the Roof Hull Homeless Project denied the Royal’s allegations and Ibis has denied the claim.

Now the DoubleTree Hilton has stepped in to accommodate the group and to give its guests Christmas dinner.

However, the Yorkshire Party’s Deputy Leader Chris Whitwood said it was disappointing to hear that this had happened at all, after an apparently successful venture at the Ibis last year.

“This is an indication of a more significant issue in our society – namely that homelessness occurs at all.

“At Christmas, we  consider those who are less fortunate than ourselves. However, councils across Yorkshire need to act proactively to address rough sleeping and MPs need to demand that the Government acts to end   together.

“That is what the Yorkshire Party will continue to campaign for.”

The Party is about to unveil its detailed policy to deal with homelessness.

The Raise the Roof Project – a non-profit community group – says it has received £9,000 in donations for its work with the homeless since the story broke.

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