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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

More needs to be done to help the homeless in Hastings

When Ken Loach’s film ‘Cathy Come Home’ was released in 1966, it exposed an appalling lack of housing, with families forced to live in unsuitable accommodation, and a cruel system that separated families, taking children from their parents if they became homeless. Watching the film today exposes some shocking truths about how we’ve come full circle, with a huge shortage of affordable accommodation. In some respects, matters are worse. In 1966, private sector rents were regulated by law. And there was no such thing as ‘no fault evictions’ – tenants had a right to a secure tenancy, and could only be evicted for breaching their tenancy agreement or not paying their rent. Secure private tenancies and rent controls were abolished in the 1980s, making life for households in the private rented sector far more precarious.

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Diary of a Sussex Newbie - legs and limps…

There’s a bit of a medical theme going on here at the moment. Life in Sussex necessarily requires a lot more physicality than life in the city did – particularly since our rescue dog, Bessie, joined the family.

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The Borough Leader with Cllr Peter Chowney

Where’s the help for people who can’t work their way out of poverty?

When buying the Observer recently, the shopworker pointed to the headline about additional money to deal with homelessness. “ It’s good news”, he said, “But what help is there for people like me?” He told me that he works sixteen hours a day, six days a week. His wife works too. It’s the only way they can survive. But the plight of the increasing number of people who are trapped in low-paid jobs, working every hour possible just to make ends meet, rarely gets the headlines, and exposes the real story behind employment figures.

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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

It is people in Hastings and Rye who help shape Government policy

With all that is going on in Parliament, I want to focus on what really matters to our towns and the reason I represent our residents in the House of Commons. When I was first elected in 2010, I had three main priorities: 1. Get a better deal for our fishermen, 2. Bring faster journey times to our towns, 3. Boost our local economy and bring more businesses and jobs to the area.

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A sofa was dumped on Fishbourne roundabout at Chichester

Council-led street cleansing sweeps in

At the end of June this year, the current waste services contract with Kier will end. That’s four years earlier than it should have been. The reason for the contract failure was largely because the contractor had priced the contract too low, by accepting responsibility for dealing with recyclates at a time when the value of recyclates was high, using the value of the recyclates to subsidise the contract. More recently, the value of recyclates has collapsed, so the contract was no longer viable. Coupled to that, the performance of the contract, particularly for street cleaning, had been poor. So it was in everyone’s best interests to end the contract.

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Gemma Newstead

Advice on Capital Gains Tax

Question: I have just sold my house which I lived in for several years but I also rented it out for a period. Will I have to pay Capital Gains Tax as a result?
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From House to Home with Amber Rudd MP

It’s businesses in Hastings and Rye that tell me we should avoid a no-deal Brexit

The people of Hastings and Rye voted by 55 per cent to leave the European Union. And I know that residents are concerned about how we leave and when we leave. My view is that we need to leave the European Union – since we gave the people the choice to do this – and we need to do it in a way which works best for families, residents, and businesses here and across the country.

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