I rarely, if ever, comment on the Brighton Argus website. However, rather foolishly, I have just done so. I am sure I will regret it!
The Argus is carrying a report on the celebrations to mark BHT’s 50th anniversary. Our guests were treated to a couple of flights on the Brighton i360. Inevitably, the comments on the Argus website talked about BHT spending money on the ‘high life’ and massively misrepresented what BHT does and what it costs us to deliver the services we provide.
This is the comment I left:
“I don’t usually read or respond to comments on the Argus website as most people who do comment seem incapable of holding a rational, reasoned debate, without resorting to abuse. Please prove me wrong when responding to this comment!
“BHT did not pay for the i360 flights. They were a generous donation. Also, to say we helped just over 1,000 people last year and at a huge cost shows a misunderstanding of the facts.
“Last year we helped 222 people to move off the streets and into accommodation, as well as prevented 817 households from becoming homeless. In addition we provided housing for over 500 households, provided accommodation for 126 people in our mental health services, 53 young people in our young people’s service in Hastings, detox and drug rehabilitation for 115 people through our Addiction Services, and a further 136 places in services for former rough sleepers. 432 people took part in activities at the Whitehawk Inn, and 431 people received support and help from our Mental Health and Wellbeing Services, including 151 women from Threshold Women’s Counselling Service.
“So no spending on the ‘high life’, just a small fraction of our income goes on ‘admin’. Where our money comes from and where it goes is all made public through our annual accounts. But why let facts interfere with ignorance and prejudice?”