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.

Accessing food during coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on how we access and afford food during the pandemic. There is local support available for those who are struggling to get hold of food and vital supplies whilst self isolating, shielding at home or don't have anyone who can help them. There is advice on the East Sussex County Council website, where you can also find information on what to do if you are struggling to afford food.

Preventing suicide in Sussex

During these unprecedented times it's important for people to remember to take care of their mental as well as physical health. The Preventing Suicide in Sussex website has been launched to provide support for those in need. As well as knowing where to go, it's important to know what to look out for if you are worried about a friend or loved one, and some of the key warning signs can be found here.

Get ready for Census 2021

The next Census day is 21 March 2021. There will be new engagement processes, some new questions and it should be mostly completed online.

New engagement processes

Census Engagement Managers to be appointed in Autumn 2020 to engage with the local authorities and community leaders to promote the benefit of the census and gain their support for it.
Community Advisors will also be employed to engage with specific communities that have been identified as needing extra support and encouragement to understand the benefit of the census and to encourage completion of the census questionnaire.

New content

To be an inclusive census and to broaden understanding of modern society, there will be three new topics for those aged 16 and over: Armed forces leavers – needed to support meeting the Armed Forces Covenant; Sexual orientation (voluntary question) and Gender identity (also a voluntary question). There will also be additional categories in existing topics, e.g. response option for Roma community.

Enabling on-line completion

The Office for National Statistics is aiming for 75% of the forms to be completed online. Census Support Centres will be available in the community to help people complete their form online if they wish to do so but need support.

How have you used the census data in your organisation?

Let me know if you have any examples of how local communities have benefitted from using the data to help target resources.

Kim Bloxham, Team Manager Research and Information Manager/Census Liaison Manager, East Sussex County Council

Watch out for coronavirus scams

East Sussex Trading Standards have warned residents to be on their guard for scammers using the pandemic to con people out of their cash. In May alone people in the county were reportedly conned out of £1.2m, including an elderly woman receiving a phone call saying that there were workers in the area who could visit her home to test the air for Covid-19.

To learn more about different types of scams and how to protect yourself and others, visit and complete the free online training.

If you think you have been scammed, contact your bank first, then report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. For advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.

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:


Have your say on how Coronavirus has affected you

East Sussex County Council are conducting a survey on how Coronavirus has affected residents of the county, with the results helping to shape their reset and recovery planning for the months and years ahead. The survey can be completed via a webchat or on social media.

Waste and Minerals Local Plan (WMLP) consultation

East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are proposing changes to their adopted Waste and Minerals Local Plan (WMLP). These changes are set out in the draft Waste and Minerals Local Plan Revised Policies Document, which has been published for consultation. The consultation can be completed here, and is open until 3 August 2020.

Have your say on the future of health and social care services

Healthwatch in Sussex have produced a survey to ensure that people's experiences and preferences are central to any changes that happen to health and social care services due to coronavirus, the survey can be completed 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.


  • In April 2020 there were 16,670 people in East Sussex claiming JSA or UC because they were out of work, up 7,535 (83%) on the March figure, five times the previous highest monthly rise of 1,502 in February 2009. The Claimant rate is now 5.2%. A new briefing on unemployment is now available.
  • The population of East Sussex increased to 557,229 in mid-2019. The ONS released the mid-2019 population estimates early this year to support analysis of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK population. A briefing will be available once the supporting components of change data is released in late June 2020.
  • • The population of the county is projected to increase by 61,500 to 616,000 between 2018 and 2033 according to ESCC’s latest dwelling-led projections, with older age groups expected to increase most. A new briefing is now available on Demographic Projections.
  • In 2019 there were 288,265 cars registered in East Sussex, 2,294 more than in 2018 (up 0.8%). There was an increase of 549 in the number of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (electric and plug in hybrid) between Q4 2018 and Q4 2019, and there are now 1,768 of these vehicles registered in the county.
  • Total bus journeys in East Sussex fell between 2017/18 and 2018/19 by 1.8% (300,000 fewer journeys). 42% of bus journeys in the county are taken by elderly and disabled concessionary passengers.
  • In 2018/19, 20,648 children in East Sussex were living in relative low income families, 17.6% of all children in the county, up from 19,902 (16.9%) in 2017/18. A quarter of children in Hastings live in low income families.
New and updated tables –
Please contact the Research and Information team if you have any specific data or information enquiries.