Homeless Hotels From Hell Full Council Brighton and Hove Petition Speech
Today I finally handed in my petition to the Brighton and Hove Mayor, over the last five months I have been campaigning to improve the standards of Emergency accommodation in the city.
Ten Point Plan To Improve Emergency Housing and Allocations
- Homemove Allocations for vulnerable persons in priority need with a duty of care should be awarded a higher banding than band C (the general band) when placed in emergency housing. I am looking for a band A Priority.
- More inspections of Emergency accommodation to ensure the living standards meets the needs of the people occupying them.
- Brighton and Hove City Council to adopt a plan to bring emergency housing into public ownership by 2020. The Council MUST pledge to stop funding private landlords who only have an interest in profit.
- I want the council to ask all applicants to complete surveys with all emergency housed people to ensure they have a voice.
- The right to food, is a human right protecting the right for people to feed themselves in dignity, The council must ensure that emergency housing adequately meets the individual’s dietary needs. The current conditions do not allow for a healthy diet which can be a huge issue for vulnerable people
- I want the Brighton and Hove City Council to be radical, rather than spend millions of tax payers money in private sector emergency and temporary housing, they should build more storage container homes after the success of the BHT scheme in Brighton.
- I want the council to ensure that all persons in emergency accommodation have access to the internet for free.
- To revoke the rules on no visitors. Vulnerable people are isolated enough and this in my opinion is discrimination. Even prisoners are allowed visitors.
- For persons who are vulnerable the council MUST provide them with secure social hosing to ensure they are able to live life free from FEAR and outside the Private Sector Property Scam.
- Ensure hot water is available in emergency housing for persons to wash in comfort.
How does the petition process work?
Once you have decided on a petition topic and found out who the decision makers are (which in my case were Tracey John and Sylvia Peckham) you then need to think about the specific area you want to improve with a detailed explanation on how you would improve this.
You need to get as many people as possible to sigh your petition, in Brighton and Hove you need to get 1250 signatures before you can have this debated. I used www.change.org.
What happened following my presentation?
Councillor Anne Meadows responded to my speech for two minutes, Anne thanked me for coming along and clarified the councils response to my plan for free internet access. She gave a solid commitment to come along and visit the emergency housing herself and maintained that regular inspections were in fact carried out on a regular basis.
Councillor Gibson from the Green Party Group asked to add an additional recommendation, which were as follows:
That the petition is noted and referred to the Housing & New Homes Committee for consideration at its meeting on the 15th June 2016; That Brighton & Hove City Council recommends that Housing & New Homes committee give due consideration to the following:-
- An increase in the frequency of inspections of emergency accommodation and report on the outcome of these inspections at regular intervals to Housing & New Homes Committee.
- That satisfaction surveys are undertaken with residents moving into emergency accommodation and the results reported back.
- Exploring along with other relevant committees as a matter of priority the identification of sites and explore the development of council owned low-cost emergency accommodation, either through a council owned company or directly owned by the council. That this exploration focuses on nontraditional, quick to build, construction such as the Y cube and containers be considered for these sites.
- Undertaking a review of the no visitor rules and consider the outcome at a future meeting.
- Adopting a policy of only using emergency accommodation in which hot water supply is guaranteed.
How can you make a difference
The motivation to evoke change whether it’s around fostering and adoption, housing, parking or even library closures can be something that not only gives you a sense of personal achievement but can also change people’s lives for the better.
A great way to start getting active in local politics is to maybe submit some written questions at full council to elected your councillors.
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