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Manchester hides soup kitchens

Accessing help has become more difficult for rough sleepers Accessing help has become more difficult for rough sleepers in Manchester after council bosses changed the location of soup kitchens for the second time in six months. Local charities have accused authorities of trying to disguise the city's homeless problem. Peter Green, from Christian street group Barnabus, told the Manchester Evening News: "We are going to bring the soup kitchen into our building on Bloom Street. I still feel it is the agenda of the council to be rid of soup kitchens. In the years we have been operating, we have been moved eight or nine times." Outreach workers were asked to shift their mobile kitchens from the Mancunian Way skate park to Hoyle Street. The move follows an earlier relocation from Store Street, near Piccadilly Station, which was being used in the past four years. "We have found it unhelpful. Our clients have been confused about where to go and it has not helped with planning," Paul Wenham, manager of the Mustard Tree charity, told the paper. The city's authorities said the relocation reflected the concerns of neighbours and local business. Susan Triggs, from the council's adult services, said: "We work hard to balance the needs of this type of provision against a constantly changing and developing city centre."