Students and benefits

Much as I agree with the blog about the homeless in Brighton, I would like to add that it is almost as difficult for students to keep themselves as for the unemployed homeless.  It is  a struggle to make ends meet.

Students (as is also the case in the USA) may have to work full time in the holidays to be free to study in term time and really they should be able to study in holidays also. Being mostly young they are open to exploitation and health can suffer when there is no holiday.

Sleeping rough becomes a near reality as students aren’t able to claim housing benefit and can only sign on in the holidays. On the other hand some children from well off homes may choose to work on holidays and even term time to gain vital experience,

.Also to mention that there is the possibility absence of suitable employment when they do graduate.

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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Any information including photography given in PRS Blog is the responsibility of Chris and Gordon's blog and may not be published elsewhere except with their permission and they will try and use names and pictures of people only with their permission.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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