Information from East Sussex County Council

ESCC staffing arrangements

As the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise, ESCC are taking all possible steps to keep the public and staff safe while maintaining essential services that residents rely on.

All council meetings have been cancelled until further notice and the vast majority of our staff are working from home.

Staff delivering critical frontline services, such as dedicated care staff, are continuing to carry out visits and offer support to the most vulnerable residents in the county, while taking every precaution to ensure the safety of residents and those staff.

At this time, it is important that emergency services and drivers delivering the essentials to homes across East Sussex can keep moving as safely as possible. Therefore, some of the ESCC staff and contractors continue to work on roads and footpaths, and manage parking but only when they are sure they can work at a safe distance from one another and from members of the public.

Parking charges suspended for vital workers

Parking charges on roads across the county have been suspended for support workers and volunteers delivering essential services during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Health workers, social care workers and official NHS volunteers will be able to park for free in on-street spaces as efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue.

Workers will need to display a copy of their identification on their dashboard, while NHS volunteers are being asked to display evidence that they are official volunteers.

Parking regulations will remain in place and motorists are being reminded to park legally and within car parking spaces.

The latest health situation in East Sussex

National figures show there are now 22 cases of coronavirus in East Sussex confirmed by Public Health England. However, as testing has now been confined to those symptomatic in hospitals, and with some care home testing too, there will certainly be many more cases of the virus in the county than this number of confirmed cases. 

East Sussex should be considered to have a high prevalence as other areas; and live life accordingly; minimising all but essential contact.

(For information: Across the UK there are now 9,529 confirmed cases. 117 in Surrey, 96 in Kent, 57 in West Sussex, 25 in Brighton & Hove)

Full NHS advice

NHS Volunteers and Adult Social Care

The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme has already exceeded its target to recruit 250,000 volunteers to carry out tasks such as patient transport, delivering prescriptions and keeping in contact with people who are self- isolating at home.It already has more than 500,000 sign-ups. The LGA understands that this scheme will also seek to identify and recruit volunteers to support adult social care. It is working with Government to ensure that this message is clear in all future national communications. Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS

Register Offices

East Sussex Register Offices remain open but for death registrations only, by appointment, as these must currently still be completed in person. 

ESCC will not be carrying out any birth registrations, weddings, civil partnerships or other ceremonies at licensed venues or in Register Offices up to and including Monday 13 April. These measures are subject to continuous review and will be updated as necessary in accordance with Government guidelines.

New parents are able to claim Child Benefit and Universal Credit for their baby without a birth certificate during the current circumstances.

You can book a death registration appointment, or order copy certificates online. No in-person certificate orders or collections can be made.

For up-to-date information about ceremonies, visit the ceremonies website or use the following e-mail address: ceremonieshub@eastsussex.gov.uk.

ESCC help and advice webpage

A reminder that there is now a new web page on the East Sussex Council Council website that brings together a range of information and advice regarding the coronavirus. It includes sections on:

  • How to request and offer help
  • Latest NHS advice
  • Advice for key workers
  • Support for business
  • Employment and financial support
  • Updates on county council service disruptions

The new page is here