Local Government News May 2020 – COVID Update

Local Update


 Up to today, the Wealden Community Hub has had 940 contacts since Lockdown began. These are a mix of requests for help and for information and all have been dealt with.

County and Districts have been working together on Business support. Applications to the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund have resulted in £107million being allocated to 9000 businesses across East Sussex.

The weekly death toll in East Sussex or the week ending May 1st was 132 non-Covid deaths and 36 Covid related.

In total, there were 650 cases across East Sussex. Interestingly 194 in Wealden but only 44 in Hastings. The population numbers are not widely different and there is a lot of comment on disadvantaged areas being badly affected but this is not the case in Hastings which is relatively more disadvantaged than Wealden. There is a lot we don’t know yet about this virus.

Figures for other areas were Eastbourne 147, Lewes 171 and Rother 86.


ESCC Cllr. Roy Galley

April 24th 2020

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