In what has been the strangest of years, things are changing again. Children have returned to school; more businesses have reopened and a number of restaurants are continuing to offer discounts in order to entice us back to eating out. All of these things suggest that life is returning to the way it was pre-lockdown. Whilst this might all feel good, we need to remember that the threat of Covid-19 has not gone away. We have been fortunate that locally the rate of infection has remained below the national average, but there is still no room for complacency. In common with many other countries, the number of infections in the UK has once again been increasing. In order to address this, several areas of the north of England have seen local lockdowns imposed. Such action can have a major impact upon a local economy seeking to recover from months of inactivity. So, for both the sake of our health and the Eastbourne economy, let’s ensure that we observe the CV19 guidelines and avoid the need for another lockdown here.
Last Saturday I was delighted to visit Embrace, which has just reopened. This local charity does so much to support children with special needs and their families. They have ambitious plans for expansion of their services over the next five years and I wish them every success.
One of the consequences of Brexit is that any EU national living in the UK has to apply for ‘Settled Status’ no matter how many years they have lived here. The only exception to this is if you have ‘indefinite leave to remain’ but even with this it is worth applying for ‘settled status’ as this will give you additional rights. If you need to apply and have yet to register, but are uncertain of how to go about it, there is help available. You can call the Council’s Customer First number 01323 410000, they will take your details and get someone to ring you back and arrange an appointment for a one to one meeting at one of the EU Settled Status support sessions.