Disruption to council services

This is our central point for news about council services when they are affected by events outside our control. We update this page as news comes in.

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General support during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Schools, children and families

Adult social care and mental health

Adult social care

The following services are now temporarily closed:

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) clinics
  • Blue Badge clinics
  • Day services for older people. Support will still be offered to day service clients depending on their level of need
  • Skills Development and Employment Pathway (SDEP).

Changes have been made to the following services:

  • Social care assessments, reviews and safeguarding enquiries will be completed by phone wherever possible
  • The Carers’ Breaks service is still running and aiming to contact people by phone where possible
  • Learning disability respite services are still running, but the service is prioritising crisis situations
  • Learning disability day services remain open with some reductions planned. There is limited access to transport in some cases.

If you already use any of these services and have any queries, please contact the service directly.

To report abuse or neglect, apply for care and support or get support for a carer please continue to contact Adult Social Care.

If you are an Adult Social Care provider, see our page on COVID-19 updates for providers in East Sussex.

Community mental health and drug and alcohol services

Services are continuing and clients who were being supported face-to-face are now being offered regular support by phone or email. New referrals can be made. For further information please see:

Libraries and archives

Libraries

All libraries are now closed. So that no-one has to worry about overdue books or fees, current loans have been extended up to 30 June – see newsletter from libraries for details.

Our online library services are available 24 hours a day, with a wide range of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers and reference material you can read on your computer, tablet or mobile.

The Keep (Archive Centre)

The Keep, our archive centre in Moulsecoomb, is closed for six weeks from Monday 23 March. It is run as a partnership between East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Sussex.

Register Offices

East Sussex Register Offices are now registering all deaths by telephone only. To do this, you must first book a time for your telephone appointment using our online booking system to make an appointment to register a death, or call 0345 60 80 198 to make an appointment. At the time of your appointment one of our Registrars will call you and talk you through the process. The Register Office buildings are not open to the public so please do not try to access them.

We will not be carrying out any birth registrations, weddings, civil partnerships or other ceremonies at licensed venues or in Register Offices until at least Tuesday 14 April. These measures are subject to continuous review and will be updated as necessary in accordance with government guidelines.

We are informed that new parents are currently able to claim Child Benefit and Universal Credit for their baby without a birth certificate.

You can order copies of birth, death, marriage and civil partnership certificates online. You cannot order or collect a certificate in person at this time.

For up-to-date information about ceremonies, visit our ceremonies website or email us at ceremonieshub@eastsussex.gov.uk.

Rubbish and recycling

All household waste recycling sites (‘tips’) are closed until further notice. District and borough councils are doing their best to collect your waste and recycling. Please reduce your waste where possible and recycle as much as you can through your kerbside collections.

For details about what to do with your waste during the coronavirus outbreak, see Rubbish and recycling.

Roads, transport and parking

Bus services

Bus operators and community transport providers have reduced their services – for details, see bus service changes.

Older persons and disabled persons concessionary bus passes in East Sussex are now being accepted for free travel at all times.

Please check the bus operators’ websites for the latest position.

Parking

Health and care workers and NHS volunteers delivering essential services can park for free in on-street bays. For full details, see parking charges suspended for health and care workers.

There are also changes to where resident permit holders can park in Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes, and some other parking services are running differently from normal. See Temporary changes to parking during coronavirus.

Roadworks

Some work on roads and footpaths is continuing. For our coronavirus highways update, see East Sussex Highways

For other latest information please follow ‘East Sussex roads’ or Sussex Police on Twitter or see the BBC live traffic news.

Countryside sites

Some car parks at countryside sites are now closed. All rights of way and countryside parks remain open. See Discover East Sussex.

Grants, funding and resources for not for profits

A special edition of Funding News has been produced to provide resources, support and grants for organisations and individuals.

Translated guidance on COVID-19

Government guidance available in many languages, on GOV.UK:

NHS advice from Doctors of the World, produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, available in 34 languages:

SignHealth is a deaf health charity which produces daily updates of government guidance in British Sign Language:

Easy read guidance produced by Public Health England: