Opinion – Our night shelter will help rough sleepers but it won’t end rough sleeping

This Sunday the council will be opening a winter night shelter for local rough sleepers at the Brighton Centre. This will provide a safe space for 30 local people over the coldest months of the year. Once warm and after a hot meal, they will be able to start to engage with our...
Posted On 09 Dec 2017 at 3:39 pm

Opinion – Brexit: Another fine mess

Laurel and Hardy may not have been anticipating Brexit when they coined the phrase “another fine mess you’ve gotten us into” but it neatly sums up the last few weeks. The Brexit economic impact assessments epitomise the chaos. First there was “excruciating detail” –...
Posted On 08 Dec 2017 at 2:05 pm

Opinion: Public support has played a key part in saving the Madeira Terraces

We did it! Not just me and the council – but the community, the city, residents, businesses and organisations coming together to act to save a valued part of our local heritage. We hit the target for the Madeira Terraces crowdfunding campaign with more than 24 hours to...
Posted On 02 Dec 2017 at 11:04 pm

Opinion: Less doom and disaster – give us news without bias!

Recently published “wellbeing” data for the UK showed a significant improvement in life satisfaction and an overall increase in happiness. A few days later, as I sat watching the BBC News at 10 reporting on the Conservative budget, I genuinely thought I had accidentally tuned in...
Posted On 02 Dec 2017 at 10:25 pm

Opinion – Justice failing the young

Youth courts are retaining jurisdiction in ever more serious cases. The orthodox view is that youth courts are the right venue for under-18s. The 2017 Youth Sentencing Guideline states that “young people should be tried in the youth court” as it is “best designed to meet their...
Posted On 02 Dec 2017 at 7:46 pm

Opinion – Universal credit will make life worse not better in Brighton and Hove

When the independent chair of the Safeguarding Adults Board asks about the introduction of universal credit in Brighton and Hove, as he did this week, it’s hardly surprising that party politicians have questions. As a Labour councillor, I have questions and concerns. As the...
Posted On 18 Nov 2017 at 4:53 pm

We must do more to house local people

This week I saw what local government can do to meet the housing needs of local residents. At Kite Place in Whitehawk I visited new council homes that are a match for anything in the private sector. Energy efficient, broadband enabled new council homes for households who...

Opinion – ways to fix the housing crisis are being ignored

By Phélim Mac Cafferty One in 69 people in Brighton and Hove are homeless. Our city is ranked 20th of UK council areas for homelessness, surpassing many London boroughs. These are the alarming findings of a report from Shelter published this week. Life for people who have no...
Posted On 11 Nov 2017 at 9:40 am

Opinion – Police assurances about violence against women count for little

By Jean Calder The last Friday of October was a grim day for news. National newspapers were dominated by reports of harassment and misogyny in Parliament, while that day’s Argus brought a report that a woman had been stabbed to death at her home. We now know she was 46 year old...
Posted On 04 Nov 2017 at 4:23 pm

Brighton usually loves a revolution – so why did my anti-establishment city not vote for Brexit?

By Tom Bewick At 6am on the morning of Friday 24 June 2016, Brighton awoke to find itself on the wrong side of history.  The country had voted for Brexit, while seven in ten of the city’s electorate had voted to Remain.  Brighton has for decades built an enviable...
Posted On 03 Nov 2017 at 10:09 am