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.