Local council information

East Sussex Better Together: 

NHS - ESCCEast Sussex Better Together (ESBT) is a programme to transform health and social care services. It started in August 2014 and is led by the three local NHS clinical commissioning groups and East Sussex County Council. More info:



The 2012 Welfare Reform Act is making the biggest changes to the welfare benefits system since the 1940s. These changes are being rolled out at different times across the country until 2017. For more information and contact details on:
Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme (DESSS), Welfare benefits, Sickness and disability benefits, Benefits administered by the DWP, Universal Credit, Changes to the benefit cap and advice line numbers  CLICK HERE or email: benefitseastsussex@harcuk.com

Lewes District Council

The Council is made up of a central ‘Cabinet’ and various committees. The Cabinet is a small group of members, in our case made up of the members of the controlling party, the Conservatives, who make the main decisions associated with the Council’s policy. Amongst their number they have a number of ‘lead councillors’ who take responsibility for certain portfolios within the Council’s remit. Cabinet membership (as from Nov 2015) is as follows:

  • Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Business – Councillor Andy Smith (Leader of the Council and Chair of Cabinet)
  • Cabinet Member for People and Performance – Councillor Elayne Merry (Deputy Leader)
  • Cabinet Member for Finance – Councillor Bill Giles
  • Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling- Councillor Paul Franklin
  • Cabinet Member for Planning – Councillor Tom Jones
  • Cabinet Member for Housing – Councillor Ron Maskell
  • Cabinet Member for Customers and Partnerships – Councillor Tony Nicholson

To see the calendar of meetings click this link: https://lewes.cmis.uk.com/cmis5/Meetings.aspx

To see a web cast of the council meetings click this link: http://www.lewes.public-i.tv/core/portal/home

South Downs National Park

Webcasts of meetings: http://www.southdowns.public-i.tv/core/portal/home