Homeless related sickness rockets in Brighton

The impact of the recession has led to a sharp rise in the number of homeless people needing help from a medical charity.

St John Ambulance in Sussex says volunteers providing its homeless service in Brighton and Hove have noticed a 25% increase in cases over the last year.

It treated clients a total of 1,592 times in 2009 compared to 1,274 the year before.

Service manager Markie Barratt said: The reasons why people become homeless are many, varied and often highly complex.

“But there's no doubt that the economic climate has contributed to this increase in the numbers of homeless people seeking our help.

“The most vulnerable people are inevitably hardest hit in a recession.

“They have no safety net and that's where we step in. We provide a lifeline to desperate people existing at the margins of society.”

The St John Ambulance service in Brighton runs four clinics a week - one from a mobile treatment centre on the seafront, one from a night shelter and two from treatment centres based outside local day centres.

Research shows two thirds of homeless people living in hostels suffer from serious health problems including frostbite, trench foot, bronchitis and pneumonia.

Long time Big Issue seller, Darren, who is based in Brighton, said: “It is difficult to tell exact numbers because there is a constant cycle of people coming through but the recession is certainly not going to have helped.”

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said there had been a 58% reduction in homelessness since 2004 and that the number of rough sleepers had fallen by 80% since 2001.

He said: “Homelessness is tragic for those involved.

“So as well as dealing with its consequences, we're very focused on preventing homelessness, working with families and landlords to help people stay in their homes in as many cases as possible.

“Last year our housing options team responded to more than 4,000 enquiries, and managed to resolve 70% of those just through providing the right housing advice.

“We continue to work with our partners to target rough sleeping across the city and work with individuals who need support to access stable accommodation.”

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6:52pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Betty Blue says...

The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper?
The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper? Betty Blue

7:05pm Thu 24 Jun 10

jiving says...

@betty blue, i agree with you. i have seen this woman countless times and have often wondered why she is 'on the streets' if she can clearly afford a mobile and cigarettes. surly the paper doesnt bring in 'that' much income does it? maybe i am in the wrong job?

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@betty blue, i agree with you. i have seen this woman countless times and have often wondered why she is 'on the streets' if she can clearly afford a mobile and cigarettes. surly the paper doesnt bring in 'that' much income does it? maybe i am in the wrong job? security word: debt sing jiving

7:30pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Betty Blue says...

I thought you had to be homeless to sell The Big Issue" or having the rules changed. My neighbours says that woman in Western Road lives in a council flat.
I thought you had to be homeless to sell The Big Issue" or having the rules changed. My neighbours says that woman in Western Road lives in a council flat. Betty Blue

7:37pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Living in the real world says...

Well said, if the service you are providing is A1 i am sure we are starting to see an influx to take advantage of you good deeds. The old addage is true,

"Build and they will come"

SW = give-meal ... I kid you not
Well said, if the service you are providing is A1 i am sure we are starting to see an influx to take advantage of you good deeds. The old addage is true, "Build and they will come" SW = give-meal ... I kid you not Living in the real world

7:59pm Thu 24 Jun 10

Council Pound says...

BXLLOCKS
BXLLOCKS Council Pound

9:40pm Thu 24 Jun 10

dixie normous says...

Betty Blue wrote:
The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper?
shes old bill plain clothes div., well done for blowing her cover,shes known in the force as lushed up lil.
[quote][p][bold]Betty Blue[/bold] wrote: The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper?[/p][/quote]shes old bill plain clothes div., well done for blowing her cover,shes known in the force as lushed up lil. dixie normous

9:55pm Thu 24 Jun 10

barleydevil says...

There is a very rude Romanian woman selling the Big Issue in Horsham, Redhill and Selsdon but she lives in a council flat in Brighton. She sometimes has little kids with her that are dressed in very little clothing. I am very confused how
1. she is selling the Big Issue and she is not homeless
2. how does she afford to travel to 3 areas that are almost 45 miles apart from start to finish.

I really have no faith in Big Issue. However I do have the most immense sympathy with the mentally ill and ex-service men that are living on the streets, these are the people that should be helped
There is a very rude Romanian woman selling the Big Issue in Horsham, Redhill and Selsdon but she lives in a council flat in Brighton. She sometimes has little kids with her that are dressed in very little clothing. I am very confused how 1. she is selling the Big Issue and she is not homeless 2. how does she afford to travel to 3 areas that are almost 45 miles apart from start to finish. I really have no faith in Big Issue. However I do have the most immense sympathy with the mentally ill and ex-service men that are living on the streets, these are the people that should be helped barleydevil

11:28pm Thu 24 Jun 10

jeremy radvan says...

barleydevil wrote:
There is a very rude Romanian woman selling the Big Issue in Horsham, Redhill and Selsdon but she lives in a council flat in Brighton. She sometimes has little kids with her that are dressed in very little clothing. I am very confused how
1. she is selling the Big Issue and she is not homeless
2. how does she afford to travel to 3 areas that are almost 45 miles apart from start to finish.

I really have no faith in Big Issue. However I do have the most immense sympathy with the mentally ill and ex-service men that are living on the streets, these are the people that should be helped
It is truly a humbling experience to be witness to such generosity of spirit as expressed by your correspondents. It is important that we all harden our hearts to such acts of blatant dishonesty, and continue our lives of craven servitude to the financial institutions that have bankrupted our country. As George(or as his mother christened him ‘Gideon’) Osbourne has demonstrated, the only people who must pay for homelessness are those people unwise enough to be without a home. I am sure that David, George and their ‘catamite’ Nick will agree with me when I say the poor only have themselves to blame for the situation in which they find themselves.
[quote][p][bold]barleydevil[/bold] wrote: There is a very rude Romanian woman selling the Big Issue in Horsham, Redhill and Selsdon but she lives in a council flat in Brighton. She sometimes has little kids with her that are dressed in very little clothing. I am very confused how 1. she is selling the Big Issue and she is not homeless 2. how does she afford to travel to 3 areas that are almost 45 miles apart from start to finish. I really have no faith in Big Issue. However I do have the most immense sympathy with the mentally ill and ex-service men that are living on the streets, these are the people that should be helped[/p][/quote]It is truly a humbling experience to be witness to such generosity of spirit as expressed by your correspondents. It is important that we all harden our hearts to such acts of blatant dishonesty, and continue our lives of craven servitude to the financial institutions that have bankrupted our country. As George(or as his mother christened him ‘Gideon’) Osbourne has demonstrated, the only people who must pay for homelessness are those people unwise enough to be without a home. I am sure that David, George and their ‘catamite’ Nick will agree with me when I say the poor only have themselves to blame for the situation in which they find themselves. jeremy radvan

11:53pm Thu 24 Jun 10

TheInsider says...

The 'Romanian' woman used to sell the magazine near the clocktower in Brighton, but people refused to give.
Sadly, the original message the Big Issue foundation conveyed about helping the homeless into work has been ruined by scammers...junkies who bought a copy and then pretended to 'sell' their last copy, took your money then pleaded with you to let them keep this so-called last copy. I once fell for this and as I was about to give in, a detective flashed his ID and lifted the scammer.
I would rather give directly to a charity as we no longer know who is a genuine seller and who is a blagger.
And we have enough of our own scammers without migrant scammers joining in.
The 'Romanian' woman used to sell the magazine near the clocktower in Brighton, but people refused to give. Sadly, the original message the Big Issue foundation conveyed about helping the homeless into work has been ruined by scammers...junkies who bought a copy and then pretended to 'sell' their last copy, took your money then pleaded with you to let them keep this so-called last copy. I once fell for this and as I was about to give in, a detective flashed his ID and lifted the scammer. I would rather give directly to a charity as we no longer know who is a genuine seller and who is a blagger. And we have enough of our own scammers without migrant scammers joining in. TheInsider

11:55pm Thu 24 Jun 10

barleydevil says...

jeremy radvan wrote:
barleydevil wrote:
There is a very rude Romanian woman selling the Big Issue in Horsham, Redhill and Selsdon but she lives in a council flat in Brighton. She sometimes has little kids with her that are dressed in very little clothing. I am very confused how
1. she is selling the Big Issue and she is not homeless
2. how does she afford to travel to 3 areas that are almost 45 miles apart from start to finish.

I really have no faith in Big Issue. However I do have the most immense sympathy with the mentally ill and ex-service men that are living on the streets, these are the people that should be helped
It is truly a humbling experience to be witness to such generosity of spirit as expressed by your correspondents. It is important that we all harden our hearts to such acts of blatant dishonesty, and continue our lives of craven servitude to the financial institutions that have bankrupted our country. As George(or as his mother christened him ‘Gideon’) Osbourne has demonstrated, the only people who must pay for homelessness are those people unwise enough to be without a home. I am sure that David, George and their ‘catamite’ Nick will agree with me when I say the poor only have themselves to blame for the situation in which they find themselves.
I didn't post anything about politics or financial institutions so please do not berate me. I was commented on a so called homeless person who has sold the Big Issue in at least 3 locations 45 miles from start to finish. This woman was an asylum seeker about three years ago when she did an article in a local newspaper and yet she is not supposed to work so how the hell does she qualify to sell the Big Issue. She has a home and yet she is classed by Big Issue as homeless so she can sell for them.
[quote][p][bold]jeremy radvan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]barleydevil[/bold] wrote: There is a very rude Romanian woman selling the Big Issue in Horsham, Redhill and Selsdon but she lives in a council flat in Brighton. She sometimes has little kids with her that are dressed in very little clothing. I am very confused how 1. she is selling the Big Issue and she is not homeless 2. how does she afford to travel to 3 areas that are almost 45 miles apart from start to finish. I really have no faith in Big Issue. However I do have the most immense sympathy with the mentally ill and ex-service men that are living on the streets, these are the people that should be helped[/p][/quote]It is truly a humbling experience to be witness to such generosity of spirit as expressed by your correspondents. It is important that we all harden our hearts to such acts of blatant dishonesty, and continue our lives of craven servitude to the financial institutions that have bankrupted our country. As George(or as his mother christened him ‘Gideon’) Osbourne has demonstrated, the only people who must pay for homelessness are those people unwise enough to be without a home. I am sure that David, George and their ‘catamite’ Nick will agree with me when I say the poor only have themselves to blame for the situation in which they find themselves.[/p][/quote]I didn't post anything about politics or financial institutions so please do not berate me. I was commented on a so called homeless person who has sold the Big Issue in at least 3 locations 45 miles from start to finish. This woman was an asylum seeker about three years ago when she did an article in a local newspaper and yet she is not supposed to work so how the hell does she qualify to sell the Big Issue. She has a home and yet she is classed by Big Issue as homeless so she can sell for them. barleydevil

12:10am Fri 25 Jun 10

jeremy radvan says...

So having identified this lady and made allegations against her I am sure you can provide proof. So, proof please of the three specific allegations, whenever you are ready.
So having identified this lady and made allegations against her I am sure you can provide proof. So, proof please of the three specific allegations, whenever you are ready. jeremy radvan

2:46am Fri 25 Jun 10

Council Pound says...

Arh I think they should bring back the toothless, ex-convicted drug dealer boy that used to manage the big issue (BOUNDRILESS) but alas whe now works as as an overpaid stick within the council working in a eviction team (known as another name, the team not him).
Arh I think they should bring back the toothless, ex-convicted drug dealer boy that used to manage the big issue (BOUNDRILESS) but alas whe now works as as an overpaid stick within the council working in a eviction team (known as another name, the team not him). Council Pound

2:53am Fri 25 Jun 10

Council Pound says...

ps I am unsure as to whether he dnd ofther semi important BHCC members at his BHCC level still like a bit of nose candy and clubbing. Drug test people that have dealings with clients, that's not everyone just a few that Iv'e had the utter misfortune to meet
ps I am unsure as to whether he dnd ofther semi important BHCC members at his BHCC level still like a bit of nose candy and clubbing. Drug test people that have dealings with clients, that's not everyone just a few that Iv'e had the utter misfortune to meet Council Pound

4:16am Fri 25 Jun 10

Council Pound says...

Boared now, however what happenned to the red convertable BMW parked outside a BHCC bulding for years, (little car to sneak too) I believe the owner to be exremally high in the Council. I wish some of the BULLYED staff would speak out. I doubt I will see this post again
Boared now, however what happenned to the red convertable BMW parked outside a BHCC bulding for years, (little car to sneak too) I believe the owner to be exremally high in the Council. I wish some of the BULLYED staff would speak out. I doubt I will see this post again Council Pound

9:49am Fri 25 Jun 10

Angryoldman says...

Betty Blue wrote:
The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper?
You can pick up a PAYG mobile phone for under a tenner.
So the woman smokes and drinks strong cheap lager.
Who are YOU to judge her?
Could you walk a week in her shoes?
You would probably prefer to see her laying in the gutter with grime all over her and no shoes.
At least the woman stands in all weathers in the street to EARN money to try and better her self.
Judgmental uncaring snobs like you make me want to vomit.
Let them eat cake eh Betty?
[quote][p][bold]Betty Blue[/bold] wrote: The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper?[/p][/quote]You can pick up a PAYG mobile phone for under a tenner. So the woman smokes and drinks strong cheap lager. Who are YOU to judge her? Could you walk a week in her shoes? You would probably prefer to see her laying in the gutter with grime all over her and no shoes. At least the woman stands in all weathers in the street to EARN money to try and better her self. Judgmental uncaring snobs like you make me want to vomit. Let them eat cake eh Betty? Angryoldman

11:51am Fri 25 Jun 10

Spanners says...

For gods sake don't let them eat cake ! it will rot their teeth and fur their arteries. Let them eat organic lentils from Waitrose instead
For gods sake don't let them eat cake ! it will rot their teeth and fur their arteries. Let them eat organic lentils from Waitrose instead Spanners

1:51pm Fri 25 Jun 10

Betty Blue says...

dixie normous wrote:
Betty Blue wrote: The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper?
shes old bill plain clothes div., well done for blowing her cover,shes known in the force as lushed up lil.
Oh! I am so sorry. It is a wonderful disguise, she just looks like a dirty, smelly old woman. Please don't tell me under all those dirty clothes and wig there is a young, attractive policewoman. I suppose she is looking for drug dealers.
You have really made me feel sick. I really am sorry for "blowing her cover".
[quote][p][bold]dixie normous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Betty Blue[/bold] wrote: The rise in the number of homeless people with medical "problems" is due to the fact there are more people moving to the city because of the very good services provided for these people. Many of them seem so very young. What I cannot understand there is an older woman selling the Big Issue in Western Road Brighton. Who seems to continually have a cigarette in her mouth, a tin of Special Brew on the floor and a modern mobile phone. How can homeless people afford such luxuries. Is it from selling the newspaper?[/p][/quote]shes old bill plain clothes div., well done for blowing her cover,shes known in the force as lushed up lil.[/p][/quote]Oh! I am so sorry. It is a wonderful disguise, she just looks like a dirty, smelly old woman. Please don't tell me under all those dirty clothes and wig there is a young, attractive policewoman. I suppose she is looking for drug dealers. You have really made me feel sick. I really am sorry for "blowing her cover". Betty Blue

10:53pm Fri 25 Jun 10

Baldseagull says...

Betty Blue wrote:
I thought you had to be homeless to sell The Big Issue" or having the rules changed. My neighbours says that woman in Western Road lives in a council flat.
Homeless people and vulnerably housed people are allowed to vend The Big Issue.
Once a homeless person is housed they are also allowed to continue selling the mag for a period of time to help them in their transition.

However it is against Big Issue's code of conduct to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol whilst vending or supervising a minor.
There are also rules about where they may sell.

Authorised Big Issue Vendors should be displaying Big Issue identification, do not buy from someone who is not doing so.

If a vendor is behaving in a way that upsets you, note their vendors ID and report to the Big Issue. They are keen to maintain public support and will pull the vendor up or stop supplying them with magazines if they do not observe the code of conduct.

People who sell The Big Issue do not have a lot of other options besides theft and begging. I congratulate them on doing something to help themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Betty Blue[/bold] wrote: I thought you had to be homeless to sell The Big Issue" or having the rules changed. My neighbours says that woman in Western Road lives in a council flat.[/p][/quote]Homeless people and vulnerably housed people are allowed to vend The Big Issue. Once a homeless person is housed they are also allowed to continue selling the mag for a period of time to help them in their transition. However it is against Big Issue's code of conduct to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol whilst vending or supervising a minor. There are also rules about where they may sell. Authorised Big Issue Vendors should be displaying Big Issue identification, do not buy from someone who is not doing so. If a vendor is behaving in a way that upsets you, note their vendors ID and report to the Big Issue. They are keen to maintain public support and will pull the vendor up or stop supplying them with magazines if they do not observe the code of conduct. People who sell The Big Issue do not have a lot of other options besides theft and begging. I congratulate them on doing something to help themselves. Baldseagull

6:43am Tue 29 Jun 10

DenisRayburn says...

Council Pound has a point about the council employing inappropriate people. Does anyone remember that bloke with the personality disorder who burnt down a hostel he was manager of?
Council Pound has a point about the council employing inappropriate people. Does anyone remember that bloke with the personality disorder who burnt down a hostel he was manager of? DenisRayburn

7:09pm Tue 29 Jun 10

sussexram40 says...

Big Issue sellers are a scam. They borrow dogs to take to work with them because they get a lot more donations. Ive heard these Big Issue sellers can make £50 a day all tax free. They make more than a lot of people with jobs. Some of them even have cars. Beggars should be arrested and got off the streets.
Big Issue sellers are a scam. They borrow dogs to take to work with them because they get a lot more donations. Ive heard these Big Issue sellers can make £50 a day all tax free. They make more than a lot of people with jobs. Some of them even have cars. Beggars should be arrested and got off the streets. sussexram40

12:33pm Wed 30 Jun 10

Old Ladys Gin says...

Before you criticise others you should walk a mile in their shoes.
At least that way when you do criticise, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes!
Before you criticise others you should walk a mile in their shoes. At least that way when you do criticise, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes! Old Ladys Gin

5:18pm Tue 6 Jul 10

bigissue says...

In order to sell The Big Issue a person must prove that they homeless or insecurely housed - ie. at risk of homelessness. Should a vendor find accomodation they will not be prevented from continuing to sell the magazine. This is because we recognise that the income they generate along with the stability which vending can provide are crucial factors in an indivdual remaining off the the streets.

The opportunity to sell the magazine is extended to vulnerable people irrespective of their origin.

Our code of conduct prohibits vendors from being under the influence whilst selling the magazine, using the magazine as a front for begging or failing to display their official identification. We take breaches to the code of conduct seriously and will take disciplinary action where appropriate. To view the code of conduct please click here - http://www.bigissue.
com/downloads/user/c
ode_of_conduct.pdf
To make complaint about vendors in your local area please call 01273 724 129
In order to sell The Big Issue a person must prove that they homeless or insecurely housed - ie. at risk of homelessness. Should a vendor find accomodation they will not be prevented from continuing to sell the magazine. This is because we recognise that the income they generate along with the stability which vending can provide are crucial factors in an indivdual remaining off the the streets. The opportunity to sell the magazine is extended to vulnerable people irrespective of their origin. Our code of conduct prohibits vendors from being under the influence whilst selling the magazine, using the magazine as a front for begging or failing to display their official identification. We take breaches to the code of conduct seriously and will take disciplinary action where appropriate. To view the code of conduct please click here - http://www.bigissue. com/downloads/user/c ode_of_conduct.pdf To make complaint about vendors in your local area please call 01273 724 129 bigissue

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