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Funding for 2018-2019
The Lewes District Council have this week (February 5) agreed on funding proposals that will see the council remain the largest funder to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) amongst district and borough authorities in East Sussex.
- Lewes District Citizens Advice Bureau will receive £175,340, up from £167,205 in 2017/18
- The Council for Voluntary Service will receive £28,000
- The Rural Community Council for Sussex (Action in Rural Sussex) £3,500
- Sompriti £10,000
- Homelink £11,800
Lewes District Council has also earmarked £30,000 that voluntary organisations can bid for in their work to support people through the rollout of Universal Credit which starts in the Lewes district later this year.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Janet Baah has been elected Mayor of Lewes (18/01/18).
Ghanaian-born Baah is the first ethnic minority Mayor to be appointed in Lewes since the Borough Council (the Town Council’s predecessor) was incorporated in 1881.
“Today you have made history in electing someone like me,” Councillor Baah told the Council after her election. “I feel very excited, honoured and grateful to live in a town where I am respected and whose councillors have elected me to serve all the people of Lewes.
“Mayoral duties can be difficult because you have to deal with issues concerning the law and individual freedom, but I look forward to supporting everybody’s democratic rights and fighting for the needs of the whole town,” She thanked councillors for supporting her in becoming Mayor.
Baah came to Britain in 2001. She obtained a master’s degree at Brighton University and is now completing a PhD at Sussex University. Her research involves a study of the education system in a slum in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
“Janet will be a great champion for Lewes, she has already made a big impact in Malling, where she is admired for her work in the local community,” said Lib Dem Group Leader on the Town Council, John Lamb. “She will do a great job as Mayor.”
Elected a Liberal Democrat councillor for Bridge Ward in Lewes in 2016, Baah also sits on a group that advises the County Council on inclusivity in social care. She is a non-executive director of Breaking Down Barriers, an organisation that provides inclusivity training.
Dear business owners and managers,
Councillor Vic Ient
Capital Funding for Businesses and Social Enterprises
Small and Medium-sized businesses including Social Enterprises who earn at least half most of their income through trading can apply for two local funds.
The ‘South East Business Boost‘, an EU European Regional Development Fund programme can fund up to 30% of a capital project from new equipment and machinery to new technology and processes if it helps grow the enterprise. Maximum grants are for between £1,000 and £10,000 and require 70% match funding from the recipient organisation.
Applications to South East Business Boost can be made anytime, up until June 2019.
For more information and to apply: www.businesseastsussex.org.uk/south-east-business-boost/
East Sussex Invest 5 is also available if you require more funding for capital items that will result in job growth within the next 12 months.
- Grants from £15,000 to £40,000 – require minimum match funding of 60%
- Loans from £10,000 to £200,000 – require minimum match funding of 50%
- There is an additional grant of £1,500 for a new accredited apprentice position.
There is a total of £900,000 available for loans and £300,000 for grants per financial year until 2020.
For more information and to apply: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/business/developing/finance/grants/
After two years of campaigning since the election in 2015 the Liberal Democrats are finally succeeding in getting the Conservative controlled Lewes District Council to implement the much-needed new recycling scheme. The new scheme will allow all recycling to be put in the one bin! . Many more plastic items can be recycled helping with the Lib Dem campaign for a #PlasticFreeLewes Residents will have the choice of having two sizes of recycling wheelie bins plus an option of continuing to use their old containers. The Liberal Democrats want the Council to go further with curbside collections and provide gull/vermin proof bags for both recycling and general waste to those residents who can’t accommodate the large bins. Typically this is for those who live in terraced houses, in flats and those with disabilities who can’t manage a large bin. Vic Ient said “We have succeeded in getting a trial started in Lewes for the new gull proof bags and if successful I hope we can convince the conservative administration to include this as a standard option for all residents.”
In the photograph below Liberal Democrat District Council Environment Spokesman Cllr Vic Ient is with District Cllr Will Elliott (Bridge Ward) and environment campaigner, Oli Henman (who is also the Liberal Democrat Candidate in the Lewes town Council elections), reviewing the new recycling scheme.
The roll-out of the new recycling service has started in the coastal towns and will come to the villages in the Lower Ouse Valley in March followed by Lewes Town in April 2018.
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The new 240 litre green wheelie bins with a blue lid will replace the old assortment of boxes and bags currently used by residents for their recycling. With the new service much more can be recycled. If one of the new 240 litre bins (pictured) is too big, residents can ask for a smaller bin. The service should be completely rolled out by July 2018.
Printed, published and promoted by O Henman (Liberal Democrat) and Lewes Liberal Democrats all at Unit 2,Enterprise Centre, Denton Island, BN9 9BA.
Local Lewes Liberal Democrats are calling for a ‘Plastic Free Lewes’. They are asking for a ban on non-biodegradable coffee cups, a plastic bottle return scheme and the provision of recycling bins for the different types of plastic waste. This is part of the Liberal Democrats’ long-term national campaign to persuade the government to move over to biodegradable packaging and rid our country of the blight of plastic pollution and litter. Thankfully, in the autumn budget, the Conservative Chancellor has taken a small step forward on plastic pollution. He’s going to carry out an investigation into charging for single use plastic. Not exactly dynamic but welcomed nevertheless!
“There is national recognition that plastic waste is a major environmental challenge, blighting our landscapes and poisoning our seas,” said Oli Henman, an environmental campaigner and Lewes Lib Dems Town Council candidate.