The government have announced measures for ‘at risk’ groups to self isolate for the next three weeks, so this has gotten me thinking about the homeless people across the city and country who will be in lockdown and staring at four walls. This is mostly for those in Emergency or Homeless Hostels but also those living in Temporary Accommodation and Vulnerable.
I was suspended yesterday by the Labour Party for a post I put up on social media. I can see now
These people who come to live in the UK from Europe, they come to learn English, they work hard, long hours and see the carnage on the streets as totally unbelievable and unnessessary. Why? because they don’t have this, yet they have much higher unemployment levels than the UK.
In conclusion I’ve seen many people speak out and help to change the futures of others and themselves, they’ve been brave and often been persecuted for this bravery by the establishment. I’ve come to see that, we need to have a no fear attitude and follow through until we are happy with the outcome.
Following the recent report that a 21 year old rough sleeper in Brighton and Hove has sadly been found dead, the housing and homelessness establishment have responded. Andy Winter the Chief Exec at the Brighton Housing Trust wrote today:
I’ve been to the Council and they are not helping me, I’ve been told I’ve got a be out of my accommodation in matter of weeks. I have nowhere to go, the council aren’t helping me, I ‘am 23 and have depression and anxiety, I’ve got a try find somewhere and fast they say.
Residents are at breaking point, not only with threat of eviction but they are also reporting being ‘overlooked’ for council housing due to the arrears. One mother described “being trapped” with high rents, often unaffordable.
With a Labour Government all the people who have approached me with there heart breaking stories will be rewarded with a leader and Prime Minister who listened, we will finally start to build council housing again.