contrasting Brighton

contrasting Brighton

Brighton is a city of contrasts, on the one hand there is incredible wealth about. Just take a look around the South Laines, shops full of designer clothes and expensive antiques.

On the other there is gut wrenching poverty, just move two or three feet and look down on the huddled figure trying to sleep in the doorway. It seems that Brighton will welcome those who wish to come to town looking for a nice little second home for the summer.

The students who flock to both of the city’s universities seem to have little or no problem finding reasonable accommodation. But what about those who are desperate, those who have nothing. Who are looking for help, but find that there is no room, not only at the Inn, but no room in any of the city’s council houses.

Private rented accommodation is at a premium, as can be seen by the rents charged. It’s true the city relies on the tourists, there money is a much needed economic boost. And why shouldn’t students come from far and wide.

But what about those who come just looking for something better, somewhere to live. In a society where the divide between the haves and have not’s is getting wider by the day.

Exactly how much help are they getting at the moment, and in a time of austerity, with big and greater cuts to public spending happening almost daily how much help will they receive in the future.


About chris and gordon's private rented sector blog

we are two people living in Brighton who have both been through the 'hostel' system. I (Chris) have been street homeless, I am currently a recovering alcoholic living in a privately rented flat. I (Gordon) have a degree of media studies from University of Westminster. I've had many psychological problems, but am now nearly recovered. I live on my own in a privately rented flat. Disclaimer Any information including photography given in PRS Blog is the responsibility of Chris and Gordon's blog and may not be published elsewhere except with their permission and they will try and use names and pictures of people only with their permission. Contentious statements will be kept to a minimum and hope that libellous statements aren't made. The blog is published with good intent and it is hoped to publish material which will be constructive and of benefit to others who may use the service.
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One Response to contrasting Brighton

  1. rob robinson says:

    Thought provoking piece on what is still a major problem in this city.

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