72% Can't Afford Housing Without Spending Half Their Wages

13 December 2016, 00:00 | Updated: 13 December 2016, 14:05

Brighton and Hove City Council say 72 percent of people here can't afford housing, without spending more than half of their wages.

An average property here costs £349,842. The Land Registry says that is a 7.5 percent hike in the 12 months up to October 2016.

The number of households in Brighton and Hove in Temporary Accommodation has increased by 300% from the end of March 2010 to 1,266 at the end of March 2014.

A spokesperson from the charity says: 

'More and more people are struggling to pay their rent in an increasingly insecure rental market, and when people do find themselves in difficulty, housing benefit may not even be enough to afford a cheap room in a shared house. More and more people are becoming homeless as a result, and it’s getting harder for people to escape homelessness once they’re in it.'

Paul* works as a carer and tells Heart that the cost of living and accommodation in Brighton has led to him being homeless:


Photography courtesy of Valeria Keller and Press Association. 

The average house price in the city in September 2016 was £352,303 up 10.2% on the year before. The City Council's 2015 Housing Strategy suggests that social housing is the only affordable housing option for the vast majority of people here.

Brighton Council’s Assessment of Affordable Housing Need Report 2012 identified that the minimum household income required to afford market housing is £42,000 per annum against an average (median) income of £28,240. It estimates that 22,132 households will be in housing need and unable to afford buying or renting in the residential housing market in the period 2012-17. In addition, 59% of those in need (10,642 households) are only able to afford social rented housing rather than affordable rented.

With only around 3,500 affordable homes expected to be built by 2030 it leaves an unmet housing need of more than 18,000 affordable homes by 2017. However, the city only has the space for an additional 11,798 homes between 2015 and 2030.

For more information on how to help the homeless, click here or contact your local charities.

To find out more about *Sally who featured in our homeless special yesterday, click here. 

All this week Heart's raising awareness around homelessness, tomorrow we'll be hearing from *Mark who has been homeless for more than 20 years.

* Names have been changed to protect people's identities