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Brighton Journal | July 21, 2019

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Year-round night shelter for rough sleepers to be discussed

Year-round night shelter for rough sleepers to be discussed
Lorraine Bigi

This month, Brighton and Hove Council will discuss a plan proposal from Labour for a year-round night shelter to help rough sleepers.

Currently, the Council has a severe weather night shelter (SWEP), based at Wagner Hall and due to open this Sunday 10th February, as well as a winter night shelter at the Brighton Centre, open from the end of November until March.

The new plan would be in addition to the two shelters already in place. Rough sleeping is one of the main concerns for the city. The council reports that there are 30 cases each week, and more than 1,200 every year.

A committee of senior councillors will first discuss the budget at Hove Town Hall next week.

Following this meeting, another debate on all Labour proposals, which also include plans for new walking and cycling infrastructures and support for victims of sexual abuse, will take place at the end of February.

Councillor Dan Yates

Labour councillor Dan Yates said: “We’re in a strong financial position at the end of our four-year budget cycle. We can now improve on our initial budget proposals and provide more for the city.

“There is an additional £375,000 in these proposals due to careful financial management. We’ve planned further ahead than many other councils around the country and we’ve been able to protect more services than elsewhere as a result.”

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