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News - 17 April 2004
Lack of affordable housing contributes to health care crisis
Brighton & Sussex University Health Care Trust is short of 270 front line nurses, which has resulted in an £8m overspend on agency nurses. The high cost of accommodation in the city is cited as one of the contributory factors.
The trust spent £22m on locum staff last year which contributed to the overspend which may increase to as much as £16m next year. The Trust’s spokesman Ian Keeber said that the cost of living in Brighton & Hove places the city outside the reach of many health workers. The city is expected to meet government targets for overall house building but will still be short of affordable housing. Ironically the Local Plan inspector Charles Hoile recommended that the local authority’s 40% affordable housing target for new developments (over 10 houses) should be reduced to the national guideline of 25%.
The Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership (BHEP) commissioned Prof. Christine Whitehead of the LSE to prepare a research paper into the problems of affordable housing in the city. Enter Whitehead Report into the site search engine to download a copy.
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