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The demand and need for affordable housing in Brighton and Hove

So I’m regularly in touch with housing officers at Brighton and Hove City Council to highlight some of the specific problems residents have accessing affordable, decent accommodation in the city.

In fact, I’m in contact with the Head of Housing so often that they would be forgiven for rolling their eyes when another email from me lands in their inbox.

A response I received from a housing officer today reminded me of just how the housing crisis has spiralled beyond belief since the Government’s regressive economic agenda was unrolled back in 2010.

A visit to the Local Citizens Advice in Brighton and Hove

Like others up and down the country, the Local Citizens Advice in Brighton and Hove is made up of a small team of staff and a raft of highly trained and dedicated volunteers. Without people being prepared to give up their time for free, the Citizens Advice model would not be possible.

The referendum - Brighton leads the way on tolerance and acceptance

These are the words written on the Patcham Pylons, monumental pillars found on the A23 as you approach Brighton and Hove. 
A sign to those visiting the city for the first time that they have reached their destination. A familiar sight to those returning - a welcome sign that they have reached home. 
The pillars have been at the gateway to Brighton since 1928. Almost slap bang in the middle of the Interwar period.

Brighton and Hove libraries at risk

That’s why I oppose the closure of any library in the city. Whether it’s the much-loved library in Hove, the future of which will be discussed by Brighton and Hove City Council councillors at a meeting on Thursday, or smaller community libraries, like those in my constituency; Patcham; Hollingbury; Coldean and Westdene.

My submission to the local Housing Allocations Review

I’m aware that Brighton and Hove City Council is currently running a consultation on proposed changes to the local housing allocations policy.  Since housing is by far the biggest issue that residents experiencing difficulty contact me about, I’m keen to comment on some of the proposals being made.

Caroline holds an advice surgery at the Jubilee Library in the North Laine

Saturday 6th February marks National Libraries Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the value that libraries bring to our communities.

It’s not just the contents of the bookshelves that hold so much importance and value, the buildings themselves are vital hubs in our towns and cities; centres that bring people together to share experiences and knowledge.

Caroline writes to NHS England about the threatened closure of 5 local GP surgeries

It’s been a week that has seen junior doctors take strike action for the first time in 40 years over the safety of new contracts being imposed upon them. The news about the threatened closure of 5 of the city’s GP surgeries highlights that the NHS is under attack from all angles – and that when profit is a factor in healthcare contract decisions there’s a real risk of the fallout we might see if the closures take place.

Opposition to Burger King in The Lanes

The application is seeking to turn the ground floor of a Grade 2 listed building into a Burger King fast food restaurant.
Brighton's economy thrives when independent and local businesses are allowed to flourish, not from multinational companies draining profits away from the city.
I do not believe that Brighton needs another multinational fast food chain, let alone one in The Lanes, a conservation area that is full of independent cafes, restaurants and shops.

Position advertised - Senior Constituency Caseworker to support Caroline

Senior Constituency Caseworker for Caroline Lucas MP (Brighton Pavilion)
Salary range: £27,000-£30,000 per annum


Location: Brighton

We need an experienced caseworker to support Caroline in her work as Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion.

You will need excellent organisational and communication skills, be flexible and calm under pressure, and you should have a strong understanding of the main issues facing constituents in Brighton.

You do not need to be a member of the Green Party.

Role includes:

Home Office visa decisions

Decisions that frequently keep married couples apart from each other, partners separated, and children away from their parents.

I was contacted by a local resident because the application for her husband to stay in the UK was refused. She's a British national, he's a Canadian firefighter. They are understandably distraught at the prospect of being apart. They have a 6 month old child, and it really is devastating news for them all as a family.


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