Sussex Uncovered reports that homelessness – those identified as being in priority need – has risen by 38% across Sussex in the four years between 2013/14 and 2017/18.
In some areas, it has risen by much more – Adur (280%), Eastbourne (255%) and Rother (205%).
“Homelessness is a complex issue and there are a number of reasons behind these figures,” says Chief Executive, Kevin Richmond. “In part they are due to changes in legislation which require local authorities to assess people in housing need, but they also demonstrate the impact of welfare reforms and universal credit. Perhaps most of all they highlight that the cost of housing has increased dramatically in recent years while most people’s income has remained static. This is causing real problems for many people. The increasing levels of poverty among people who are working is one of the most shocking facets of our time.”
There is 5% less social housing in Sussex than in England as a whole.
Other key findings in the report show that:
- 37,000 children are living in poverty in Sussex
- there is a 14.5 year difference in life expectancy between men living in the least and most deprived areas of Sussex
- there is an 18.9 year difference in life expectancy between women living in the least and most deprived areas of Sussex.
“Our overall finding is that Sussex is a great place to live if you can afford it, but there are many who struggle to get by,” said Mr Richmond. “Our work at the Foundation also shows that, while there are challenges, there is a thriving community and many people passionate about seeing positive changes.”
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