Sam Fender has launched a petition calling on all UK councils to drop telephone expenses for helplines for probably the most susceptible members of society.
It comes after the Newcastle musician realized lately that 4 of the seven councils that serve his area people impose 40p per minute name expenses.
Taking to Twitter, he stated: “To me this makes completely no sense, it’s fully scandalous. We shouldn’t be charging folks 40 pence per minute.
“We’ve all been on helplines earlier than, you may be caught on these items for God is aware of how lengthy. Half an hour will equate to 12 quid and for those who’re skint and also you’re homeless, or on the point of being homeless 12 quid is some huge cash.”
— Sam Fender (@samfendermusic) December 3, 2020
Greater than 100,000 signatures are wanted for the petition to be thought-about for debate in Parliament. You possibly can signal the petition here.
Final week, Fender shared a cover of ‘Winter Song’ by Newcastle singer-songwriter Alan Hull and his band Lindisfarne in collaboration with The Large Problem and homeless charity Individuals Of The Streets (POTS).
Fender can be promoting The Large Problem via his official store (for which he’s the quilt star), with all income going to the journal to separate between distributors.
Within the interview he discusses the significance of Lindisfarne. “As significant to the folks of Newcastle as The Beatles had been to the folks of Liverpool, Lindisfarne may by no means have reached the dizzying heights of John Lennon’s males,” he stated. “However in vocalist and songwriter Alan Hull, they’d an artist whose music reached and touched hundreds of thousands, and who a whole lot of hundreds of Geordies, over the generations, stay fiercely proud.”