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500 people die in Brighton per year due to deprivation

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500 people in Brighton die unnecessarily every year due to the impact of deprivation, according to a report into inequality published today.

While older residents are becoming wealthier, the report says, in some parts of the city, one in three children are now living in poverty.

Stories of domestic violence drug abuse and refugees fleeing persecution are featured in this year's director of public health report that tackles the issue of inequality across Brighton & Hove.

The report found 87 people die due to deprivation before they are 75 years old while the average life expectancy of a homeless person is just 47 years old.

The report reveals that across the city 1 in 6 children live in poverty but in the east of the city that figure doubles to 1 in 3. Welfare reforms combined with the city's high housing costs have been blamed for worsening poverty with homelessness rising and food poverty growing as the number of food banks rises sharply.

We have to move to a mind-set in the city where we are pushing up the opportunities for employment and not just any employment but employment that is remunerated properly. So employment that pays at least a living wage.

– Brighton & Hove City Council Director of Public Health Tom Scanlon