I AM pleased that Councillor Nancy Platts has highlighted in her column (Please note that lots of support is now available, September 29) the support that people in Brighton and Hove can get during these difficult times.

I was sorry, however, that she did not mention Brighton Housing Trust’s Advice Centre in London Road, Brighton, that can help people facing eviction, be it for rent or mortgage arrears.

Last year alone the advice centre prevented 335 households from becoming homeless, and our three advice centres in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings prevented homelessness for 917 households.

Eighty seven per cent of tenants have been paying their rents in full and a further eight per cent have come to an arrangement with their landlords.

My message to the other five per cent, and anyone facing eviction, is to speak to your landlord, pay whatever you can, and get advice as soon as possible from a reputable advice service such as the Brighton Housing Trust Advice Centre which can be contacted on 01273 645455.

Andy Winter Chief executive Brighton Housing Trust