This morning I reviewed the impact made by BHT’s Advice Centre in Brighton. Here are some basic statistics. I would ask you to reflect on the difference we make to the City and the consequences should this service close:
- 35% clients belong to a BME group
- 42% clients have either a disability, addiction or suffers from mental or physical ill health
- 55% of housing clients are in “priority need” and so the possible responsibility of the City Council.
Positive Outcomes (expressed as a percent) of Cases Closed during 2011/12
- Housing Advice 88% (This includes homeless prevention, conditions improved, accommodation found, better able to manage affairs)
- Housing court duty 85% (This includes homelessness prevented through stopping a possession order or execution of bailiff’s warrant)
- Accommodation Advice and Assistance 60% (This includes Homelessness prevention, PRS Accommodation found or sustained. These statistics are based on tracking 317 clients over 12 months).
- Welfare Benefits 95%…
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