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Time capsule to capture West Sussex's response to Covid-19

A time capsule capturing West Sussex’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is being put together to show future generations.

Residents are being invited to share their lockdown diaries, posters, poems, artwork, objects and videos to go into the capsule.

Organisations and community groups are also being asked to share their experiences, feelings, activities, and it is hoped that key workers will add to the archive, too.

The project is being brought together by the West Sussex Record Office, the Novium Museum in Chichester and Screen Archive South East.

Dr Frank Gray, director of Screen Archive South East, said: “The current crisis is bringing to us immense and unimaginable changes.

"This makes saving documents that chronicle through different media our changing world so important, both for now and for the future.”

To find out more about the project, visit the Record Office blog

Eastbourne councillors warned of coronavirus "perfect storm"

Extra government funding will be needed to cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, senior councillors in Eastbourne have heard.

At a virtual meeting on Wednesday, Eastbourne Borough Council’s cabinet heard the authority would “find it impossible to manage the medium and long-term financial impact of Covid-19 relying solely on its own scarce and limited resources.”

The warning came as part of a report on the initial impact of the pandemic on the council’s finances, in which officers set out how it faces both rising costs and diminished income as a result of the outbreak.

In a statement released after the meeting, the council’s cabinet member for finance, Steve Holt, described the situation as “a perfect storm”.

Mr Holt said: “The government initially promised us financial back-up for the range of initiatives we implemented in our Covid-19 response to support vulnerable people and our local economy, but the money allocated so far has been woefully inadequate to cover these.

During the meeting cabinet councillors approved the use of council reserves for the continuation of essential services and to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 emergency on residents.

Schools and nurseries advised to not fully open in Brighton and Hove

Council officials in Brighton and Hove are advising schools and council nurseries to not open more widely for pupils next week.

Brighton and Hove City Council said its decision was based on “considered advice” from public health officials and that it would keep the situation under daily review.

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Brighton and Hove City Council says the government's five key tests have not been met locally

Last month the government asked some schools and early years providers to prepare to open to take in more children at the start of June.

But the city council said it has been advised there is “not sufficient reassurance” that the government’s five key tests for easing restrictions have all been met locally.

Councillor John Allcock, chair of children, young people and skills committee, said: “We are keen for schools and provision for early years to take in more children as soon as it is safe to do so.

"We truly understand the need for children and young people to have a face-to-face education and be able to learn with friends.

"We are working towards this but, based on considered advice received today from public health, this is not yet the time.

“While education is hugely important for our children, the council’s position has always been that the safety and welfare of our children, school staff and wider community has to be our paramount consideration”