Category: Lewes District Council

Consultation on council plan to help people struggling financially

A consultation is being launched over Lewes District Council’s proposal to increase support for low-income families and people in financial difficulty.   Cabinet councillors on Thursday, June 10 agreed to move ahead with plans to consult on a new scheme for 2022/23 that would reduce council tax bills for the worst-off working-age people or those on the lowest incomes in the district.  It would also remove the minimum income […]

Cabinet triggers funding opportunity for businesses in Lewes district

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have earmarked a funding pot for businesses in the district and self-employed who are suffering exceptional hardship, including those that have not been able to access any of the government Covid-19 support. Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “We are increasingly […]

Deputy leader prioritises supporting residents, Covid recovery and climate action

The deputy leader of Lewes District Council has vowed to continue prioritising support for people who have been hit hardest by the pandemic and ‘not scaling back our ambition’ to tackle the climate crisis in the district’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.  The comments from Councillor Zoe Nicholson (pictured), who is also Cabinet member for Finance and Assets, came as a rise of less than 10p a week […]

Council’s new bidding process for voluntary grants is ‘fairer approach’

Cabinet councillors on Lewes District Council, on Thursday, February 4, approved a new approach for allocating grants to voluntary organisations which will enable a wider range of groups to apply for funding.  This follows a review, including a consultation over the autumn, of the existing Community Grants Policy that awards grants annually to local organisations in three-year cycles. A new competitive bidding process will be introduced this year […]

Lewes Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day remembers the millions of people who suffered in the Holocaust and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.  Lewes is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day by hosting live and virtual events including:• online discussion• haiku workshop• online spoken word event To find out more information visit  We also encourage people to […]

Council takes ‘decisive step’ to build community wealth in Lewes district

Cabinet councillors today (Thursday, December 10) agreed an ambitious action plan to build local wealth in the Lewes district based on recommendations from a national economic thinktank report.  Lewes District Council made a commitment to community wealth building (CWB) in its Corporate Plan adopted in February 2020 and commissioned the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) to undertake a study over the summer involving in-depth interviews with council staff and […]

Council offers financial lifeline to people suffering hardship

Lewes District Council will provide increased support to people in financial distress and on low incomes, Cabinet councillors agreed today (Thursday, December 10).  The Local Council Tax Reduction (LCTR) scheme for working-age people has been running since 2013 and awards a council tax reduction up to maximum of 80% of a person’s council tax liability and is means-tested.  […]

Council to sell minority share in North Street Quarter to Human Nature Deal is subject to planning permission being secured

Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have agreed to sell their minority share in the North Street Quarter site in Lewes to Human Nature, subject to the developer securing planning permission for the new scheme that it wants to bring forward. The decision follows the news last week that MAS […]

Local Lib Dems call for £1,000-a-year boost for over 1,500 carers in Lewes District

Local Lib Dem parliamentary spokesperson, James MacCleary, is calling on the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance by £1,000 a year, to help support 1,515 unpaid carers in Seaford, Newhaven, Lewes, Ringmer and the rest of Lewes District during the coronavirus pandemic. The party’s leader, Ed Davey ( pictured) who has […]

Spending review a ‘missed opportunity’ says James MacCleary

The government’s Spending Review announced by the Chancellor is a ‘missed opportunity’ says James MacCleary, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Lewes.The Spending Review announced no extra support for the 3 million people taxpayers who have received no support from the government during Covid-19 or for carers, children living in poverty or […]

Lewes District Council calls on Lewes MP to oppose government planning reforms

Lewes District Council has supported a motion calling on Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, to oppose the government’s proposed planning reforms. Councillor Robert Banks, ward councillor for Plumpton, East Chiltington, Streat and St John Without, brought the motion at Full Council on 23rd November. Councillor Banks said: “The cross-party opposition […]

Council extends orders to prevent anti-social behaviour

Lewes District Council has renewed two Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to prevent street drinking and dog fouling.  PSPOs are measures councils can use to protect the community from anti-social behaviour and they restrict what people can do in specific areas.  The two orders, which were put in place in 2017 for three years, were due to expire this month unless renewed. […]

Local Restrictions Support Grant portal is now live

The Local Restrictions Support Grant portal is now live. These grants are to help businesses which have been mandated to close during the current lockdown by central government. For details about eligibility and to apply visit…/help-for-businesses/. If you need help understanding the schemes put in place to help businesses through […]