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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Newspaper article Errata.

The Argus 24.09.19. -- Little Ships' was formed in March, it's team has the expertise and experience to deliver the King Alfred Quarter. -- Little Ships has yet to approach Brighton and Hove City Council and the Starr Trust about KAQ at the time of going to press.

2. Why the name "Little Ships"? Good question. See our blog dated 13/08/18.

3. Why are you running a Lottery? Unfortunately, life is a lottery. The factors determining who gets to live in an affordable, decent and secure home depends largely on when you decided to be born or who you decided your parents would be. If you were born before 1980 or have a wealthy family, your chances of having an affordable, decent and secure home are much higher than the younger less wealthy members of our society.

4. Why does Little Ships need to raise so much money at the start? Once Little Ships is up and running, it will pay for itself, but before then we need a lot of money to get going. Getting buildings built is expensive of course, but it's actually quite straight forward to borrow the large sums of money needed to pay for the site and build the homes. Before then, you need to get control of a site and get planning permission to build on it. This costs between £2K and £10K per home, depending on the complexity of the proposal. Designing a small simple home on an easy site only needs an architect's design and a small council planning fee. Designing lots of flats in a tight urban site that is owned by different parties might need legal agreements, a right to light consultant, a ground contamination report, an archaeology report, an ecological impact assessment, a planning consultant, a highways and transportation report, etc. etc. as well as the design consultants (architect, landscape architect, structural engineer, lighting designer etc.) and of course a much bigger council planning fee. We'll ask local and central government for money, but first we want to establish whether the general public support our idea.

5. Do I get a lottery ticket sent to me? No, it's not needed. The people at crowdfunder.co.uk have a list of everyone's name and email address. We will make the draw (in public by a person of high standing) and then make contact with the winner to see if they want to announce their win (they might want to stay annonymous). Make sure you select the "£1 reward" to get the lottery ticket, otherwise you're just donating. There are other rewards too, check them out.

6. What happens with my lottery ticket if you don't hit your target? The Small Lottery (Maximum raise of £20,000, which would be 20,000 tickets) is just one part of our crowdfunding, which is an "All or Nothing" donation campaign. If we don't hit our target, everyone gets their money back, including the £1 donation reward that counts as the lottery ticket reward.

7. I've heard bad things about rip-off raffles for housing. Why are you different? We're a Community Interest Company which means by law we're not allowed to make profit on what we do. We're allowed to run a real Lottery as we have a license from our local council, here's some legalish blurb: "This Small Lottery is in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005. The certificate of registration of Society for the purposes of regulation 3 (1) of the Small Society Lotteries (Registration of Non-Commercial Societies) Regulation 2007, was issued by Brighton and Hove City Council with registration number 2019/03715/LOTTN allowing the society Little Ships (legal name = Little Ships Housing Community Interest Company), a not-for-profit social enterprise property development company to raise a maximum of £20,000 as part of their fundraising campaign to start solving the housing crisis in Brighton and Hove". BTW. We won't rip you off.

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