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Safe in East Sussex

March 2020

East Sussex County Council Cornonavirus Support

help and advice

The worldwide spread of coronavirus is rapidly evolving. East Sussex County Council is working with partners in the NHS, Public Health England and other services to manage the situation and to help and protect you.

This website page will be kept updated with the latest links and advice for residents and businesses in the county.

Community hubs

East Sussex County Council are working with district and borough councils in East Sussex to set up community hubs in our local area to help people who feel they may not be able to manage because of isolation or an existing health condition. We will publish updates on this soon.

Protect yourself from Coronavirus fraud

coronavirus scam

Nationally there have been more than 100 reports linked  to Coronavirus to Action Fraud since the start of February, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000.

What scams are we seeing?

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.

Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.

To protect yourself and your family please protect yourself and don't let frauds try to lure you in with offers that look too good to be true.

The advice is simple, think very carefully before you hand over your money, and don’t give out your personal details unless you are sure who you are dealing with.

Sussex Police

Sussex PCC Statement 

In these challenging times Katy Bourne, the Sussex Police Crime Commissioner, provides a reassuring message this week for us all:


"Sussex Police will continue to be there for you if you are in need.  As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I am in daily contact with the Chief Constable and his senior team, receiving updates on how they are working to keep you safe.  I would also like to take this opportunity to reassure you that there are robust plans in place to deal with any change in officer numbers as a result of the result of the impact of COVID-19."

You can read the statement in full here

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How to help your neighbours

red cross

Looking for the best way to help people in your local community right now? 

The Red Cross believes that little acts of kindness are important, now more than ever, and really do go a long way in times of crisis.

 - Keep in touch regularly with family, friends and neighbours – a quick chat on the phone or a message on social media will raise their spirits and yours.

– If you can, be the eyes and ears of your community (but keep that social distance!) by checking on people who may be vulnerable or isolated and finding out what they might need – can you pick up shopping or medicines safely and leave them where they can access them?

– No one needs trolley loads of toilet roll! Only buy what you need so that there is enough for everyone, especially for those who can’t afford to buy ahead.

– Do look after yourself – eating, sleeping and exercising safely (even indoors) will help keep you well and more able to support others.

Coronavirus: eight ways to be kind to your neighbours – and yourself


What the coronavirus bill will do

The proposals set out in the bill will significantly enhance the ability of public bodies across the UK to provide an effective response to tackle this epidemic.

Some of the proposed changes deal with easing the burden on frontline NHS and adult social care staff, some help staff by enabling them to work without financial penalty, and some support people and communities in taking care of themselves, their families and loved ones, and their wider community.

The legislation will be time-limited – for 2 years – and not all of these measures will come into force immediately.