Brighton Council has decided to stop fast tracking people from assisted accommodation into band ‘A’ when bidding for a council home.

The only reason for doing this in the first place as far as I could see was to free up more beds for people who are now on the streets.

This new change can be viewed in many ways, it will lessen the chances for people in hostels to find a council home. It will make the whole process fairer for all. It brings the system back to what it was in the first place.

The thing that intrigues me is why they started to fast track people in the first place. Was it a realisation that the homeless problem in Brighton was reaching a point of inhuman cruelty and they had to act?

If this was the case then hats off to Brighton Council for trying to tackle a problem that blights all major towns and city’s in this country.

Or was it a realisation that they would have to finally give a true and definitive figure of the actual number of people on the streets?

Could it even be that the problem of people sleeping in shop doorways has gone away?

In all honesty I don’t know the answer, but if you have any opinion or view why not have your say here.


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Any information including photography given in PRS Blog is the responsibility of Chris and Gordon's blog and may not be published elsewhere except with their permission and they will try and use names and pictures of people only with their permission.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