To: Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Brighton and Hove City Council

Stop the theft of Brighton General Hospital site: Keep it Public! Please sign this Petition

1.Conduct a more meaningful and extensive public consultation on the potential uses for this site – NHS, housing and community.
2. Explore further NHS uses for this site – such as community beds.
3. Brighton and Hove city to purchase the site.
4. Ensure any housing built on this site includes housing for social rent, keyworker housing and addresses the needs of homeless people in the city.                                                                                                         bgh image

Why is this important?

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust plan to sell the Brighton General Hospital and develop a new Community Health Hub. Brighton General Hospital Action Group believe that this public land must remain a public asset for the people of Brighton and Hove.We believe that this site redevelopment offers the opportunity to address some of the much needed, and urgent, health, social care and housing needs in the city and are concerned that current proposals are inadequate.

 

Open Brighton & Hove’s Night shelters All Year Round – update

Great news the petition was presented by John Hadman at full council on 1st February and passed unanimously!

What’s Next for Brighton & Hove’s Homeless?

John has written a letter to Councillor Clare Moonan to ask for more night shelter accommodation. Here is a video of the ingenious and practical pods that are being used for sleeping in. They provide a basic human right – a place to lay your head that is warm, dry and secure. See the video to find out more.

We will follow it to make sure the council keep to their word.

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To: Brighton & Hove City Council

Open Brighton’s Homeless Shelters 365 days a year

Campaign created by
John Hadman

Sign petition to Brighton & Hove City Council to open homeless night shelters all year round (365 days).

Night shelter.jpg.galleryIn the meantime, we urge the council to conform to central government directions on opening SWEP shelters (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol). We understand this government requirement is not being met, with approximately £90,000 left unspent from previous years of SWEP budget. Read more and sign petition

STOP THE HOUSING BILL!

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TO: MINISTER OF STATE FOR HOUSING AND PLANNING. BRANDON LEWIS MP

Petition

The Housing Bill will take away public funding from affordable homes for rent, instead funneling money into ‘Starter Homes’ that only the rich can afford. It will make it easier for private landlords to evict renters, and do nothing to control private rents.
The bill will also force cash-strapped councils to hand over millions of pounds to housing associations to allow them to sell their properties cheaply, and replace secure tenancies with ones as short as 2 years
Social housing has been the bedrock of many communities for the past 70 years. It pays for itself and 30 years ago provided homes to one in three British people, allowing people and communities to thrive. We are not against people buying a home, but this must not be at the expense of social housing for those who can’t afford to buy.
For more information on this campaign and petition go to Defend Council Housing

You can also write to the House of Lords where the bill is being debated now
Housing and Planning Bill 2015-16

Shelter is with us

Tomorrow (16th April 2015) Shelter is taking their campaign for more affordable homes to the streets. The streets of Brighton……

So stop by and say hello – they’ll be in Jubilee Square from 11am – 3pm tomorrow. Or better still, if you have a spare half hour, come and give them a hand. Take a look at Shelters blog to find out more about what they’ll be doing on the day.

They’re campaigning in Brighton tomorrow because without enough affordable homes:

  • house prices go up so fewer people can buy
  • more people are forced into unstable and expensive private renting
  • fewer people can rent social housing

So finding somewhere to live becomes more difficult for everyone.

Which is why Shelter will be asking the people of Brighton to sign their petition for more genuinely affordable homes, where they’re needed most.

Please email Shelter at campaign@shelter.org.uk if you’d like to help out or for more information.

Hopefully see you tomorrow!

 

It’s time to ban the fees…

Fed up with rip off agency fees in the private rented sector?  The figures are clear:-

“…Most agents charge for checking references, but costs range from as little as £6 to £300, according to the study. Renters can also be hit by charges ranging from between £15 to £300 for simply renewing their tenancies. Some agents charged £300 for credit checks that are widely available for £25.

Even when moving out of a property, almost half of the 353 agencies polled by Citizens Advice said they charge an average ‘check out’ fee of £76….”

As published by Citizens Advice here>>

To add insult to injury, which other market charges both parties?…this being both the renters and the landlords!!! There NEEDS to be regulation.

Oh, and did you know???… “…A fees ban was introduced in Scotland in 2012 and there is no clear evidence to suggest it has led to an increase in rental prices….”

As published by Citizens Advice here>>

Take a stand, pass this on, let others know!

Fed up with letting fees