Following my recent post in which I exposed the scandal that is the state of corruption at Brighton and Hove City Council I have fucking decided to reveal the salaries of the senior Civil Servants.
Whilst you have vulnerable people in the cattle market that is Emergency Housing in the city, people like myself are having their rooms cancelled daily and sent back into the system and often moved to other emergency housing properties.
Listen each accept of a new resident means a bonus for lease holders (limited companies) and this process is costing the tax payers so much money in bureaucratic red tape. This is being covered up, contracts will not be revealed in FOI requests because of ‘commercial’ competition reasons.
When did this all become about money aye? oh when they started procuring this out to limited companies who put profit before people.
I am fed up with these well paid civil servants lying to the public and it has to stop, they are not elected which makes it even worse and they are running rings around our cities councillors, who are elected and need to stand up for us, the electorate.
After one spoke to me like I was a piece of dirt a few weeks ago and refused to keep me safe I am fighting back, because the local press will not expose this wrongdoing.
I am sure these Civil Servants can afford the £1700pcm for a 2 bedroom apartment currently being advertised on Rightmove for the ex Council Owned Offices, redeveloped into luxury apartments. Priory House was sold for 4.5 million pounds. Check out the property now.
Following the recent alleged homophobic attack of Dain Luka and James Floz Loxton pictured below, I want to call on Brighton and Hove’s Councillors to ensure that LGBT Homelessness Applicants are provided a duty of care and priority need under section 193 of the housing act.
Last year three men were sentenced for a vicious attack in which a victim was smashed over the head several times with glass bottles, leaving permanent scaring. This latest attack is one of a number of homophobic attacks in the city, this has to stop!
The two latest victims were on there way home after a night out, they were stopped and assaulted outside the Queens Hotel, one of the victims claimed he was brutally kicked in the face on a number of occasions leaving him unable to see.
Brave Dain Luke Smiling following the assault.
James Had His Mobile Phone Stolen
Horrific Bruising Suffered
Why are Brighton and Hove City Council Not Preventing Homelessness for Vulnerable LGBT Applicants
We know that LGBT folk are more vulnerable on the streets yet in the recent freedom of information request the council have failed to prioritise LGBT Applicants. I was failed back in December 2015 / January 2016, I had to appeal the decision that the council made not to house me and at a time when I am in recovery.
What needs to change
Firstly I would like to see the LGBT Community coming together as one, whilst Pride has always been political I think this year we as a community need to focus on ourselves, we need to highlight the wrongdoings and lead the demonstration for social justice.
Secondly as I have said on many occasions we need a Central LGBT Hub, located close to the heart of the village, they have one in Birmingham, London and Manchester why not here in Brighton?
Thirdly the LGBT Community need to start lobbying the cities councillors and MP’s, we need to stand up for our rights, our gay rights!!
Finally, Bring back Pub watch, the Kemptown focused security system, better communication could prevent such incidents in the future.
I hope the two young lads recover mentally and physically, having been a victim of hate crime myself, I know how these two brave souls will be feeling, as a community we should not stand by anymore and allow such acts or wrongdoings.
No fresh water will be provided in Bartholomew House the Brighton and Hove City Council housing offices due to cuts
So I had to drag myself down to the housing office today, I went to get a glass of water from the machine and hey presto its gone, I asked the staff and they said they were taken away due to cost. How much does it cost to give a glass of water?
I’ve already shown you all the wastage in housing, maybe they should get rid of the incompetent staff members like Andy who was rude to me today and made negative remark after negative remark like “I cant to this” “I cant to that” So I tuned around and said rather than tell me what you cant do.
When will they realise that they are the worst council for housing in the country the negativity feeds into my illness, why cant they simple be positive and tell me what you can do. Andy said all he could do was contact my housing options advisor remember this is the same person who failed to prevent my homelessness back in December she said I wasn’t eligible for emergency housing back in Jan, a senior officer overturned this decision.
If Andy calls that customer service then I am sorry but that was possibly one of the worst experiences i’ve had at the council. I’ve managed customer service teams myself in the past, if one of my staff spoke to a customer like the way Andy spoke to me then I would be giving that member of staff a verbal warning and personal development plan to improve his customer service skills, no improvement then its P45.
Scandal No 2
Service Charges are crippling many in emergency housing, I am currently on Employment Support Allowance, I get £75 a week to live on, out of this I am expected to pay the private limited company Helgor Trading Limited (who make millions from housing benefit) £50 a month, if you don’t pay you are out.
Here is a letter I got yesterday from Helgor Trading Limited.
Here is a video of the state of the windows here at Percival Terrace
This water is dripping right down the main supporting wall – we have no laundry facilities and am not allowed any visitors. I know why so people don’t see the state of disrepair this building is in.
As Stated in the Letter this £55 MUST BE CLEARED IN FULL or I am on the streets again homeless, like the other 31% of applicants.
So its pay this starve and lose my personal belongings, or pay my storage fees for my personal belongings and have nowhere to keep them.
Basically I am in a catch22 situation and they know it, I am being discriminated against but I am not going down without a fight.
A Building Control Surveyor today sent this email to the owners of the building I am in.
The Solution to all this is simple
Get me out of this stupid welfare trap designed to line the pockets of the slum landlords and leave us the vulnerable and homeless with nothing and no reason to live. In this building Four people have sadly committed suicide since last November , do you understand why now?
An Open Letter to the Rt. Honourable Jeremy Corbyn
Dear Jeremy Corbyn,
As the leader of the opposition, A man of ethics, principles and someone who is vocal about housing, I would like to know why I am being evicted from accommodation which I have said is unsuitable from the word go.
Why am I the one facing street homelessness again when I was the person brave enough to stand up against these unethical money grabbing companies who are raking in 10 billion a year from housing benefit money?
I would like to also know what the PM David Cameron has to say about this because as detailed above, four people have died in this one building alone since last November.
Not one to just plea, I also have a policy suggestion for the future, one that stops this legal fraud against the state and provides a secure future for the vulnerable and homeless.
I’ve worked out that by moving me from emergency housing to social housing there would be a saving of £600 a month from housing benefit. Thats £7200 a year for just one person.
There are 374 places I think ,probably more in the city of Brighton and Hove, thats £2.7 million saved in a year, So if we calculated this across the country I think labour have a new policy.
By firstly exposing the wastage and secondly building social housing and increasing the health and wellbeing of the vulnerable and homeless.
Its an investment policy not reactive like many current conservative government fiascos, Jeremy these are the sort of polices we need do be adopting as a nation, its the right time to seize on this with the Panama Papers.
Most importantly It would also save lives!!
If this extended to temporary housing then the savings in 10 years could go for example toward providing a non-privatised NHS, which is wastage in itself.
Soon to be evicted for providing a public service to the city of Brighton and Hove and the country as a whole.
Keep signing my petition and help me change this system forever, as always comment below and share with friends to highlight this scandal which is a national scandal. I will be emailing this to the local and national press and to Jeremy Corbyns office tonight.
Scandal No 3
I will lose my personal belongings which are in storage with Bishops Move Brighton.
When I was finally given a roof over my head on the 28th January 2016, I signed the licence agreement which essentially means I have an element of protection from future eviction and homelessness.
As many of you may have seen I posted Images from the room they provided me at percival terrace, when I arrived it was after 4pm and the worker at the hostel took me to the room, here are the images I took.
After being told my stuff is not safe and seeing for myself a door kicked in at the hostel I went into a manic state, I lost control and didn’t know what to do. The council offices were closed, I was alone, a friend reacted and hired a van (which I payed for) and found the first place that would have storage space available, called Ease the Squeeze. At a cost of £81 per month I took it at any cost to keep my stuff safe.
Four days later after I set up the Homeless Hotels From Hell Petition, I was moved from room 24 to Room 50 – If that is not a sign of wrongdoing I don’t know what is.
If you are homeless and apply to the council for help, the council has to protect your personal belongings and furniture if it has a duty to provide you with accommodation.
Your belongings when you are made homeless
If you have asked the council for help because you are homeless, you may not be able to take your furniture and belongings with you to any temporary housing the council provides.
This is because the accommodation provided might already be furnished or too small to store all your belongings.
When your personal property has to be protected
The council has duties to protect the personal property of homeless applicants when it is at risk of damage or loss and you can’t protect or deal with it yourself. For example, you may not be able to afford to arrange removals or storage.
The duty applies to your property and the property of anyone else included in your application. Property includes personal belongings and furniture. It does not include equipment used for business purposes.
How the council must protect your belongings
The council has to do what is reasonable to prevent loss or damage to your propertyThe council can:
gain entry to a property to recover your belongings
Charges for the protection of your personal property
Most councils charge for the protection of property. Charges may be waived by some councils for people who claim benefits or have a low income.
Why are Brighton and Hove City Council Refusing – They say because I arranged for the storage on my own back. They failed to give me advice that what the housing options were set up to do, I have complained and Sylvia.email@example.com – refused to help me, hiding behind legislation. I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar Disorder, surely they should have supported me.
Great News Though I have got an Adult Social Worker to help support me going forward, nevertheless, why are these Council Officers allowed to get away with this, they aren’t elected and clearly do not answer to our cities councillors
Now in the council presentation and the following debate if you haven’t already seen the video you can watch here, the council acknowledged my statement, some councillors even come up to me after and told me how brave I was to come forward, I was told the council officers were looking into my case and I will hear back.
I also set out a plan to improve the standards in emergency accommodation, the initial room they put me in, room 24, was not previously inspected, it hadn’t been cleaned and showed signs of drugs use. I still have the previous occupants diary left under the mattress. I was provided a tiny room, no bed covers, a microwave and they said it was suitable, I saw another door kicked in downstairs and panicked.
I then in manic mode took my belongings and put them in Bishops Move, It costs me £81 per month to store my belongings. I get £74 a week to live on from ESA, with bills including the £50 service charge at Percival Terrace to pay before I even feed myself I am left with £64 a month or about £2.30 to live off, could you live of that?
The stuff in storage by the way is going to be destroyed or sold because i haven’t been able to afford to pay this, I owe £161, the council have a duty under the housing act to ensure my belongings are not destroyed, they deny this knowledge because I arranged the storage myself. The council office was closed, I was given no advice and they failed to hand over correctly, The council say its affordable if its affordable why am I losing my property.
Check out this video which gives you an understanding on how this is continuing to effect me.
On the 16th December at 10:49 am 12 days away from being street homeless and facing eviction I spoke to a housing options manager, yes i was in a manic state, they hadn’t even looked at my homelessness application and proceeded to say point out that i wasn’t the only one on the list, and rolled out figures like bumbling politician. I had made him aware that just the week before I had a panic attack well, four in one hour after meeting him and seeing the officer who turned me away in 2012, unlawfully. and that I had to be hospitalised, however he was rude to me and treated me like a fool. I filed an instant complaint with Brighton and Hove City Council which was never followed up.
To my amazement the same member of staff I complained about was the decision maker for the suitability review on the property I live in, the same one with the waterfall windows.
They decided on 8 weeks 1 day the property is suitable, I am not going to go into my circumstances but i assure you it is absolutely not suitable and as the council have a duty of care they are required by law to ensure a property is suitable and make a decision on the evidence I have provided, the housing options manager failed to acknowledge half of the reasons and for this and the fact he is subject to an official complaint by me means the council have failed to provide a suitable responce withint he 8 week time limit as discloded in the housing act 1966.
I am looking for someone who can see the human side to this story
I need help to stand up and fight for my rights. Feel free to check out my linkedin public profile after having to leave my last role due to ill health, I am disgusted I am or anyone is expected to live in these conditions.
I am an intelligent person, I can speak well when I am not manic or in a depressive period, I would welcome press interviews, tv or radio interviews or any way to expose this wrong doing and help changes peoples lives for the better.
I have been informed that a vulnerable resident here at Pervical Terrace was found dead (suicide) last week, I don’t know anymore information and will update the blog when I have it, however for someone like me to break this news and the local media ignoring this issue shows their is something wrong here. How many more people have to die in these conditions?
Revelation Number 3 – Images from a Baron Homes property for those in emergency housing.
Thanks to another source I have here are some images, if you want to use these images you are required to ask me first for permission to use, you are welcome to share this blog on social media to highlight this issue locally.
Homeless and Bored
I urgently need help from a lawyer to get justice for this, if you are a journalist or a researcher for a documentary Brighton’s Housing Mess and the individual stories linked need to been seen and heard to evoke change.
Again if you want to get in touch email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward now to my next petition, make sure you subscribe to this blog for more updates or add me on Facebook.
So George Osbourne has just delivered his annual war against social justice and equality, the day started with Jeremy Corbyn tackling David Cameron on the national pollution levels and lack of investment in the green energy sector.
In the budget speech George Osbourne yet again froze fuel duty for the sixth budget in a row, this might sound like it benefits motorists, but it benefits the oil and gas industry more, with low fuel prices should we be using this income in green investment and not letting the oil companies get away with paying their way?
With such measures announced today to cripple the public sector and destroy true localism the conservatives thought it was funny, you couldn’t wipe the smile of their faces.
Their was an announcement of 150 million pounds for the homeless, I would be interested in finding out the details of that and how this will help those of us who are homeless in Brighton and Hove.
Nevertheless being a red, green and blue city we probably wont see much investment, I have asked councillor Clare Moonan about the homelessness fund and how that will be spent in Brighton and Hove, I await an answer.
George Osbourne says ‘We are in this together’, absolutely we are not in this together, I was told today that the emergency accommodation I am staying in is suitable under current housing regulations. There is no hot water, lack of cooking and laundry facilities, the room sizes for over £900 a month is unlawful.
The housing hide behind the fact that its temporary accommodation but acknowledge I will be in this accomendation for over a year due to being in Band C.
This banding does not acknowledge my medical condition and therefore is wrong, we need more investment in more social housing allowing people to contribute positively to society and not feel like they are locked away for being unwell.