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Convicts should be able to keep council house in brighton and Hove while in prison says report

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Convicts’ council houses should be saved for them until they get out of prison in the latest strategy suggested to tackle homelessness in Brighton and Hove.

The city council has been asked to consider keeping people’s tenancies open for them if they are sentenced to jail.

Councillors Andrew Wealls, Alan Robins and Ollie Sykes, came up with 18 recommendations to try to tackle the huge problem of homelessness in the city.


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They concluded that “the council should explore what can be done to maintain people’s tenancies should they be imprisoned”.

After speaking to organisations who deal with homelessness in the city and taking part in the annual homeless count councillors learned ex-cons, particularly leaving Lewes prison, often come to Brighton and Hove.

But they feared providing too many services to help offenders leaving jail could encourage ex-cons to see the city as a “preferred destination”.

The recommendation that those living in the city should be allowed to keep their tenancies while they are behind bars is likely to enrage the thousands of people on housing waiting list – as well taxpayers who would be forced to fund such a move.

In their report they said: “Many rough sleepers have a significant criminal history, including imprisonment.

“Being imprisoned is itself likely to cause or contribute to homelessness: people who are in prison may be at risk of losing tenancies, or of being estranged from their families or homes.

“This is a particular issue given the proximity of Lewes prison. People released from Lewes may gravitate towards Brighton and Hove on release, whether or not they have a local connection and some of these people may end up rough sleeping.

“Clearly rough sleeping is unlikely to provide a stable background to enable ex-offenders to reintegrate successfully into society.

“It seems obvious therefore that every step should be taken to ensure that people leaving prison do not end up on the streets. However things are not necessarily this simple.”

The panel’s other 17 recommendations include creating better provisions for homeless LGBT people and victims of domestic violence.

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4:44am Fri 7 Mar 14

Tropical Living says...

Will they also pay the mortgages of those who get sent to prison?
Will they also pay the mortgages of those who get sent to prison? Tropical Living
  • Score: 10

6:00am Fri 7 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

If they can afford to pay the rent without assistance of the taxpayer whilst inside then no problem.

How can having two places to live/stay tackle homelessness?

What has LGBT got to do with housing. this has got to do with people in general.
If they can afford to pay the rent without assistance of the taxpayer whilst inside then no problem. How can having two places to live/stay tackle homelessness? What has LGBT got to do with housing. this has got to do with people in general. rogerthefish
  • Score: 7

7:19am Fri 7 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

I shal reiterate what I have said on the article about this issue:

There already is the possibility for tenants to retain their property whilst in prison. What is actually proposed is to lengthen the time period a tenant can be imprisoned before they have to forego their tenancy.

From what I can currently recollect, there is, in addition, the provision for a tenant being retained at her majesty's pleasure to offically install a 'caretaker' in the property they are renting for the period of their incarceration.

There are time limitations on both the options available with the first meaning that a property will remain uninhabited for the duration of the sentence and the second option involving the accupation of the property by a 'temporary' resident.

As for the reference to LGBT, as well as to victims of domestic violence, I can only assume that these groups are considered as being particularly vulnerable to homelessness which is why they have been addressed within the report.
I shal reiterate what I have said on the article about this issue: There already is the possibility for tenants to retain their property whilst in prison. What is actually proposed is to lengthen the time period a tenant can be imprisoned before they have to forego their tenancy. From what I can currently recollect, there is, in addition, the provision for a tenant being retained at her majesty's pleasure to offically install a 'caretaker' in the property they are renting for the period of their incarceration. There are time limitations on both the options available with the first meaning that a property will remain uninhabited for the duration of the sentence and the second option involving the accupation of the property by a 'temporary' resident. As for the reference to LGBT, as well as to victims of domestic violence, I can only assume that these groups are considered as being particularly vulnerable to homelessness which is why they have been addressed within the report. mimseycal
  • Score: 5

9:08am Fri 7 Mar 14

qm says...

Not sure how being a member of the LGBT or indeed any other category, ethnic, religious or otherwise qualifies them to be considered in the same way as victims of domestic violence which often results in catastrophic deprivation! Perhaps my neighbour should receive special consideration because she is female, me because I am old, or my other neighbours because they are married?
Not sure how being a member of the LGBT or indeed any other category, ethnic, religious or otherwise qualifies them to be considered in the same way as victims of domestic violence which often results in catastrophic deprivation! Perhaps my neighbour should receive special consideration because she is female, me because I am old, or my other neighbours because they are married? qm
  • Score: 5

2:28pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

rogerthefish wrote:
If they can afford to pay the rent without assistance of the taxpayer whilst inside then no problem. How can having two places to live/stay tackle homelessness? What has LGBT got to do with housing. this has got to do with people in general.
I athink the LGBT quote is for 2 reasons.

Firstly there is the issue of short term hostel accommodation which is often in single sex facilities- where do you put a transexual? In their 'biological' or'assumed' sex?

Secondly, for the purposes of local authority homelessness provisions they are particularly vulnerable because believe it or not there are actually bigots out there who dislike them because of their sexuality and thus they are particularly liable to be assaulted. I know, amazing isn't it- but true, nonetheless.
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: If they can afford to pay the rent without assistance of the taxpayer whilst inside then no problem. How can having two places to live/stay tackle homelessness? What has LGBT got to do with housing. this has got to do with people in general.[/p][/quote]I athink the LGBT quote is for 2 reasons. Firstly there is the issue of short term hostel accommodation which is often in single sex facilities- where do you put a transexual? In their 'biological' or'assumed' sex? Secondly, for the purposes of local authority homelessness provisions they are particularly vulnerable because believe it or not there are actually bigots out there who dislike them because of their sexuality and thus they are particularly liable to be assaulted. I know, amazing isn't it- but true, nonetheless. Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

6:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

leftysmellbags says...

I also think they should still get their job seekers allowance and someone should remake their bed every week. These poor poor criminals. Wat the F"ck wake up lefty w%nkers and smell what 99% or the population thinks. How has it come that these minority doogooders who pretend to represent the masses get away with so much. I dont remember voting on this issue. Wake up people and vote UKIP.
I also think they should still get their job seekers allowance and someone should remake their bed every week. These poor poor criminals. Wat the F"ck wake up lefty w%nkers and smell what 99% or the population thinks. How has it come that these minority doogooders who pretend to represent the masses get away with so much. I dont remember voting on this issue. Wake up people and vote UKIP. leftysmellbags
  • Score: -1

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