Brighton Homeless NHS Worker Joe Walker Speaks Out To Councillors
Joe Walker who works for the NHS locally asked a question this week at the Housing Committee. Joe who recently became homeless and lives in Temporary Accommodation said
In a brave plea to the housing committee with elected councillors and senior council officers in attendance and members of the public in the Gallery, Joe Articulately spoke for thousands of key workers who are being priced out of the city and this is backed up by latest Housing Data.
In exclusive data secured by Charles Harrison from Brighton and Hove Housing Coalition after the council have failed to publish the Housing Strategy Reports since 2019, As above you can see the costs for rents in Brighton and Hove for Quarter 1 2022.
Cllr Siriol Hugh-Jones the co-chair of the Housing Committee said
“I have to say air-bnb is a great frustration to us and really we need a change of national legislation to control so many family homes lost to air bnb”.
Cllr Hugh-Jones went on to say “I would say that the private rented housing stock in Brighton and Hove is amongst the highest in the country. Of the 333 Local Authorities in England, Brighton and Hove has the 14th highest proportion of private rented accommodation”.
Joe is right if you did a rent vs mortgage calculation then the average room rent is £620in Q1 2022. The equivalent Mortgage value is £106,083. He contacted so many yet they are over subscribed, which is largely due to holiday lets. But we also do have foreign students who often take rooms in family homes.
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