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Charities pledge to help homeless in Brighton

If you ever give money to the homeless, how do you know your donation is really making a difference? Well, now homeless charities in Brighton and Hove are joining forces to make sure your money goes to organisations that can help.

Earlier this year, Government figures revealed the city has almost 140 rough sleepers - the most outside of London. But experts say giving money to homeless people CAN be counter-productive. Andy Dickenson reports.

Homelessness at 'frightening' levels according to Kent charity

The boss of a Kent charity says homelessness levels in the county have reached 'frightening levels' as people struggle to afford housing.

Figures show a steep rise in rough sleepers in the last year alone.

In Kent, in the year to March 2016, 509 people were classed as homeless. 78 of them were under 25.

The following year that had risen to 707 a rise of 38% - with 134 of them under 25.

A new report says the problem of homelessness is particularly bad in rural areas.

Sarah Saunders spoke to former homeless man Alan, Mike Barrett of the charity Porchlight and homeless people at the Catching Lives centre in Canterbury and Charlotte Snelling of the Institute for Public Policy Research.


Homeless people at risk due to sub-zero temperatures

With overnight temperatures plummeting to sub-zero over the last few days, there's growing concern for the welfare of people living on the streets.

In Medway, there are calls for a change in the rules about when the council is obliged to offer emergency support for the homeless.

It comes after another death in Chatham when a homeless man was found dead in the doorway of a shop on Christmas Eve.

Nashreen Issa reports:

Calls for council to help homeless survive the severe weather

There are calls for a council in Kent to change the way it helps homeless people this winter.

Medway Labour group are asking for changes to the severe weather protocol to benefit rough sleepers.

It follows the death of a homeless man in Chatham high street, on Christmas Eve.

Cllr Naushabah Khan, Medway Council, Labour:

Homeless choir performs as Brighton's rough sleeper numbers almost double

A choir full of people who once slept on the streets has played in Brighton this week - as new figure's show the city's homeless population has almost doubled.

Today the Government announced a new £1.25million grant to help tackle the 'homeless crisis' in the city. But campaigners say its not nearly enough.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Arthur Richford and Emma Broomfield from the Choir With No Name, Cllr Clare Moonan of Brighton and Hove City Council, and Andy Winter of the Brighton Housing Trust.

CCTV image released after homeless man set on fire

Homeless man set on fire Credit: Sussex Police

Detectives have released a CCTV image after a homeless man reported being set on fire whilst he slept.

Sussex Police are looking for three men in connection with the incident in Worthing.

It happened in the early hours of Sunday, November 6th.

The 51-year old homeless man, who was sleeping in the Royal Arcade, suffered injuries to his head, cheek and eyelids.

His rucksack was also stolen

Officers would like to speak to the three people pictured in the above image as part of the ongoing investigation.


Anger that one in four homes at Brighton Marina sold to second-home owners and overseas buyers

There's been anger in Brighton after it was revealed around a quarter of new homes in its Marina development have been sold to second-home owners and overseas buyers.

The city now has the third highest levels of homelessness in the country, and campaigners say the development is doing nothing to solve Brighton's housing crisis - with residents priced out.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Living Rent campaigner David Gibson, Andrew Goodall of Brunswick Developments, and Cllr Anne Meadows of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Plans to be announced to tackle homelessness

Plans to be announced on homeless problem Credit: ITV News Meridian

Brighton and Hove Council will announce plans to solve its homeless problem .

A new report aims to ensure nobody in the city needs to sleep rough by 2020. Charities believe more than 50 homeless people have died in the last three years.

Here's Cllr Claire Moonan from Brighton and Hove City Council:

New centre supports homeless forces veterans

Falklands veteran Simon Weston and comedian Jim Davidson have opened a new centre to help armed forces veterans.

It'll provide accommodation and support for servicemen and women struggling to adjust to civilian life.

The first resident will move in tomorrow, after living on the streets.

Richard Jones reports.

Are police criminalising homeless people for begging?

Sussex Police have been accused of criminalising homeless people who ask passers-by for money.

Almost seven hundred beggars in the county have been prosecuted in the last five years.

Critics say taking the homeless to court makes life even more difficult for them, costs money and rarely stops the problem.

But police say they only arrest those who are a nuisance to the public.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jason Knight, who campaigns for the homeless, and Supt James Collis of Sussex Police.

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