Voucher scheme for poorer families excludes cheapest supermarkets

Free school meal vouchers issued to families across Brighton and Hove exclude some of the cheapest and easiest to reach supermarkets. A teacher processing the vouchers contacted the Local Democracy Reporting Service to say that the list did not include Lidl, Aldi and the Co-op....

National Express to suspend all services

Coach operator National Express is to suspend all services in response to the coronavirus crisis. The company, which starts and ends Brighton services at Pool Valley, had already the number of journeys but is now taking more drastic steps. Managing director Chris Hardy said: “In...
Posted On 02 Apr 2020 at 3:50 pm

Sussex Wildlife Trust suggests fans of the Grand National try snail racing instead

Sussex Wildlife Trust has released a video tutorial with tips for running a snail race for anyone sad that the Grand National has been cancelled. Tamara Jewell, the trust’s learning and engagement officer, was due to be teaching children about slugs and snails this week....
Posted On 02 Apr 2020 at 2:58 pm

Volunteers help rough sleepers adapt to coronavirus rules

Some rough sleepers are said to be struggling to settle into new accommodation and follow social distancing rules. Brighton and Hove City Council said that it was moving people off the streets as quickly as possible. This week it took over the Youth Hostels Associations (YHA)...

Brighton and Hove Albion bosses take voluntary coronavirus pay cut

Brighton and Hove Albion head coach Graham Potter and two senior colleagues have taken a voluntary pay cut to help the club through the coronavirus crisis. Chief executive Paul Barber and technical director Dan Ashworth have joined Potter in taking an unspecified pay cut for...
Posted On 02 Apr 2020 at 1:37 pm

Limit of 12 mourners at crematorium funerals during coronavirus outbreak

Just 12 people are now allowed to attend funerals at the city’s council-run chapels following new Government guidance for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. People are also being asked to avoid cemeteries unless they are attending a funeral or visiting a grave. Brighton...
Posted On 02 Apr 2020 at 12:43 pm

Jury’s Inn denies pulling out of homeless accommodation deal

A hotel chain has strongly denied a Brighton MP’s claims it reneged on a deal to house homeless people during the coronavirus lockdown. Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle tweeted yesterday that the Brighton branch of Jury’s Inn pulled out at the eleventh hour in...
Posted On 02 Apr 2020 at 12:30 pm

Brighton Centre being considered as coronavirus field hospital site

Brighton Centre is reportedly being considered as a possible location for a Nightingale hospital to treat coronavirus patients in the south east. The Health Service Journal said yesterday the seafront conference centre is one of a raft of venues across England which could become...
Posted On 02 Apr 2020 at 10:46 am

Coronavirus case at Brighton care home prompts union to raise concerns

At least one resident has coronavirus at a Brighton care home, prompting union bosses to spell out health and safety concerns on behalf of staff and residents there. The GMB union said that there were three coronavirus cases at the Craven Vale Resource Centre but Brighton and...
Posted On 01 Apr 2020 at 11:49 pm

Farmer urges dog walkers not to trample crops

Dog walkers are reported to be damaging crops by walking across a farmer’s fields. Mile Oak Farm said on its Facebook page that people had been spotted people walking dogs “non-stop” across the fields every day since the coronavirus lockdown started. There are...