IT’S not just Brighton and Hove Council transferring homeless people into Eastbourne.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s scrutiny committee was told on Wednesday that Brighton and Hove was not the only authority placing people into accommodation in Eastbourne during this period.

Other housing authorities, East Sussex County Council, the probation service and the Home Office are all using the town.

However, no other authority had placed residents at the same rate as Brighton and Hove, officers said.

According to Tim Whelan, director of service delivery for Eastbourne and Lewes, the Home Office had initially approached the council seeking to place as many as 300 people in the town, but agreed to a cap of 50 after discussion with officers.

Mr Whelan said: “The Home Office, despite being under immense pressure, could understand the impact of that level of placement on the town. 

“For me that is a really interesting benchmark we need to aim for.”