The latest NHS advice on how to react to the Coronavirus and what we can do to try and keep ourselves and others safe can be found here.

Young people challenge mental health stigmas

The East Sussex Youth Cabinet launched a campaign in February to encourage young people to talk about issues such as anxiety, self-esteem and stress, and to give parents and carers tip on how to have these conversations with children.
The campaign includes the promotion of a 'top ten tips' guide for parents and carers to support children's mental health, which was based on the findings of a survey of almost 1,000 people from across the county carried out by the Youth Cabinet. The tips have been printed onto postcards and posters which will be distributed across East Sussex. Indya-Jayne Wardle, who was on the Youth Cabinet said “Our guide includes simple tips such as being open and honest, picking the right time to talk, trusting children to know their own mental health and to ‘listen first, talk later’. It also reminds parents and carers to look after their own mental wellbeing.”

More information and the top ten tips in full can be found here.

Local councils support homeless people to Live, Work and Thrive

Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, the Education Futures Trust, the Fellowship of St Nicholas and the Sussex Community Development Association are working together to launch an exciting new project to help homeless people find employment and increase their chances of securing a new home.

Live, Work, Thrive enables job coaches and housing officers to give employment support and homelessness prevention, helping to break the cycle of homelessness leading to joblessness and vice versa.

Funding for the project is coming from Connecting Hastings and Rother Together (CHART) Community Led Local Development (CLLD) European Funds, with Hastings and Rother councils also contributing.

Green fingers in Rye

Rye Community Garden is a 0.4 acre site in Love Lane, which is managed and looked after by local people. Since it was set up in 2013 the volunteers have planted fruit trees, created vegetable planters, put up sheds and installed rain water tanks. The garden aims to be a haven for wildlife, as well as helping to foster community spirit. The garden runs regular volunteer sessions which can include weeding, sowing vegetables, harvesting, maintenance and more; all tools and gloves are provided. More information on the timings of the sessions and how to contact them is available on the website.

Award for the Social Value Marketplace

The East Sussex Social Value Marketplace, which matches organisations that need help with those that want to help their local communities, was named Social Innovation of the year at January's National Social Value Awards. The Marketplace allows Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations to post requests for help online, which can then be considered by public sector suppliers and local businesses, creating social value.

The first organisation to benefit from the Marketplace was Sussex Community Development Association Advice and Inclusion who took up an offer of a food donation from East Sussex County Council's procurement team.

VCSEs and businesses can find out more about the Marketplace and sign here.
Social Value Marketplace award

The East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs and Assets Assessment (JSNAA)

The JSNAA is available at The site contains both local and national resources for those who commission, provide or use health and social care services in East Sussex.

On the site you will find:
  • data in the form of scorecards;
  • area summaries;
  • local comprehensive needs assessments;
  • profiles that compare local and national data;
  • overview reports and briefings that pull information from a wide range of sources; and
  • .... much much more.
To keep up-to-date with any new content please subscribe to a short monthly email alert here:


A town council for Bexhill?

Rother District Council are consulting on a review of the local system of government in Bexhill, with one option being the creation of a town council. Detailed information on what would happen if a town council is created and what happens if there's no change to the current system can be found here. The consultation closes on 3 April 2020

Eastbourne Downland Whole Estate Plan

Eastbourne Borough Council (EBC) holds the freehold to over 4,000 acres of Downland, of which around 3,000 acres is farmed and 1,000 acres is open access land. EBC is introducing a Whole Estate Plan (WEP) to protect, enhance and conserve the Downland they own and manage, and are holding a consultation so the public can comment on the plans. Further details and how to complete the consultation which is open until 5 April 2020 can be found here.

The future of Eastbourne Station Health Centre

Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG is consulting on a proposal to close the Eastbourne Station Health Centre, after a study found that the services delivered by the centre could be provided by other services nearby in the town centre. The survey closes on 30 April 2020, and you can get more information and submit your response here.

State of Caring Survey

Carers UK are asking carers to help them paint a picture of what it's like to be a carer in 2020, by completing their State of Caring Survey. The views gathered will help to push carers up the agenda for policy makers and to campaign for recognition and change. The survey is open until 17 May 2020 and more details can be found here.

Have your say at the East Sussex Have Your Say Hub

Please visit the East Sussex Have Your Say Hub for opportunities to give your views. You can search for consultations by keyword, postcode, interest etc. You can also see how previous feedback has influenced our decision making process and what has happened as an outcome.

East Sussex In Figures

East Sussex in Figures (ESiF) is the local information system (LIS) for East Sussex. It’s a website that provides access to essential data, information and analysis on the social, economic and demographic character of the county and its communities. ESiF contains over 600 datasets, 200 publications, 100 maps, interactive atlases and custom area profiles on areas such as population, equalities and data to support applications for funding.

ESiF was accessed over 31,000 times in 2019 with over 11,000 users. As well as online resources, the Research and Information Team provide custom data insight and analysis for colleagues throughout the council. For further information about ESiF, contact Tim Carpenter


  • In 2018, the number of active businesses in the county fell slightly, to 23,985, the first time numbers have decreased since 2012. The new business registration rate also fell.
  • At £511 per week, earnings for full-time jobs in East Sussex were 14% lower than in England as a whole in 2019. Workplace pay fell by 3%, from £525pw in 2018.
  • Households in East Sussex earning more than £150,000 per year use more than twice as much energy per household (6,502 kwH) than those households with more average incomes (£20-29,999 per year – 2,920 kwH) in 2017.
  • In 2018/19, 3,029 East Sussex households approached their local authority because they were homeless or threatened with homelessness, who then assessed them to see if they were owed a prevention or relief duty under new homelessness legislation. 297 households who were owed a Main Duty were offered social housing.
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Please contact the Research and Information team if you have any specific data or information enquiries.