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Are you on Universal Credit? Your experience is wanted

Introduced by the government in recent years, Universal Credit is already a reality for many working-age claimants in Hastings and will become so for many more in the future. Sophie Negus, a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University, is investigating how this new form of benefit is impacting the lives of those who receive it. She has decided to carry out her research in Hastings, her home town, where she wishes to speak to recipients of the benefit, as she explains.

Posted 10:07 Friday, May 10, 2019 In: Grassroots Tags: ,
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The Common Treasury could be your source of inspiration!

Feeling overwhelmed, paralysed, fearful about the future and looking for a way to take action? The Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas could be your source of inspiration. Nick Terdre reports.

Council leader Peter Chowney, right, and pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar on the occasion of the Join the Queue event.

Yet another date for pier reopening – Monday 1 April

After much toing and froing, a new date for reopening Hastings pier has finally been set – Monday 1 April. In the face of criticism from local MP Amber Rudd and council leader Peter Chowney, pier owner Sheikh Abid Gulzar has issued a defence of his management of the pier. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Cliff van Coevorden.

Posted 19:57 Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019 In: Grassroots
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More than 50 lend a hand in Speckled Wood spring clean

There was a good turnout of folk to help clear rubbish from Speckled Wood in Ore last Saturday morning as part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean. Ore Community Land Trust, which owns part of the wood and is seeking to buy the remainder, reports.

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Well-attended vigil attests to town’s solidarity with Muslims

A large crowd gathered outside Hastings Mosque on Friday to show solidarity with our Muslim fellow citizens in the wake of the murderous assaults on mosques in New Zealand the week before. Nick Terdre reports.

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Vigil to be held for victims of Christchurch attack outside Hastings Mosque on Friday

Hastings Community of Sanctuary, Hastings Supports Refugees and Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project have organised a vigil outside the mosque in St Leonards on Friday 22 March. Nick Terdre reports.

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Calling all keen gardeners in Hastings and beyond!

Simone Brookes of the Education Futures Trust has an appeal for all keen gardeners in Hastings and its environs to help build its Secret Garden project.

Posted 16:55 Friday, Mar 15, 2019 In: Grassroots Tags: , ,
Mr Gulzar makes a point on the occasion of the Queue protest, flanked by MP Amber Rudd and right-hand man, or in this case left-hand man, Brett Maclean.

Hastings pier owner fined for tax offences in Eastbourne

Sheikh Abid Gulzar, the owner of Hastings and Eastbourne piers, has been fined for tax offences deriving from the non payment of Paye and national insurance contributions in connection with his business interests in Eastbourne. Back in Hastings he faces proceedings brought by former pier employees, and has already lost one such case. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Cliff van Coevorden.

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