LETTER: Beggars can’t be choosers

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For me, it is a scandal that there are homeless people in Eastbourne at all – and pathetic efforts to help them.

In theory, Social Security means nobody needs to be begging for money on the streets and the council has a duty to house the homeless.

I was puzzled by Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell’s column [Herald, October 14] where she stated ‘Home ownership is a key driver of social inequality.’ Surely it is an increasingly difficuly aspiration as investors buy property and first time buyers cannot afford to buy.

The property pages suggest plenty of palaces for paupers, but few houses to match the pocket. That pocket gets exploited when estate agents talk up garden garage conversions as ideal homes.

With housing, as with all life’s necessities, sometimes ‘beggars can’t be choosers.’

Andrew Somerville

Upperton Gardens

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