Union criticises council’s ‘business as usual’ approach to coronavirus lockdown

A trade union official has criticised the “business as usual” approach at Brighton and Hove City Council hours before the start of the second national coronavirus lockdown. GMB branch secretary Mark Turner said that he was concerned for staff, especially those most at risk of...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 11:06 pm

Duchess of Cornwall zooms Bevy regulars to celebrate meals on wheels

The Duchess of Cornwall had to cancel a planned trip to The Bevy this week because of the looming lockdown – but zoomed in for a virtual visit instead. Her Royal Highness was due to come to the Bevendean community pub to celebrate its meals on wheels service, which launched...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 6:51 pm

Time is short to prevent a catastrophic all-out strike

The council is running out of time to prevent an all-out strike that could potentially hit several important services during lockdown. The ongoing dispute between Brighton and Hove City Council and the GMB union is linked to the insourcing of the housing repairs and maintenance...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 6:35 pm

Police concerned for Brighton woman missing since September

Officers from Sussex Police are looking for a woman from Brighton who has not been seen since late September. The force said this afternoon (Wednesday 4 November) that she was reported missing two days ago. Sussex Police said: “Police are growing concerned for the welfare of...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 6:13 pm

A ‘circuit-breaker’ is needed but so is locally run covid test and trace

While the need for a “circuit-breaker” has never been clearer, the decision by Conservative government ministers to hand over management of testing in our community to private, for-profit providers has been disastrous. To give a sense of the scale of the argument, while...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 2:00 pm

It’s not just covid! Health chiefs highlight importance of free flu jab for carers

Health chiefs have issued a reminder about free flu jabs for carers as part of a campaign to ensure the risks of the virus are not overshadowed by the focus on covid-19. Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group – the CCG – said: “Carers are being offered the free flu jab to...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 12:20 pm

Five PCSOs hit Brighton beat

Brighton and Hove Police has welcomed five new Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) to join the division and help keep the city safe. Ilysha Shorten, Charles Cressey, Olivia Giuri, Brenda Meyer and Jacques Froud have gone straight out onto the streets to help protect...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 12:04 pm

Extra patrols in party hotspots after Hallowe’en troubles

Police say they are “turning up the dial” on lockdown enforcement and will step up patrols in party hotspots following a string of “disappointing and selfish” breaches over the weekend. The first £10,000 fine in Sussex was given to the organiser of a party...
Posted On 04 Nov 2020 at 9:50 am