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Car park charges are set to rise under the council's new budget (photo: Russell Jacobs).

HBC draws on £1.8m reserves to achieve balanced budget

It’s a tough task again at budget time for Hastings Borough Council to balance the books as government policy increasingly forces it to find its own income. For the second year running there will be a deficit of income against expenditure which will have to be covered from the reserves. Both the budget and the corporate plan for 2019/20 are available on the council’s website and residents are invited to comment on both. Nick Terdre reports.

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A Welfare Benefit Specialist Adviser’s point of view of the current crisis of the benefit system

Becky Polain (not pictured above) has worked since leaving college, solely in benefits, over twelve years for the DSS/DWP and over nine years for a local charity, HARC, that specialises in welfare benefit advice and representation in one of the poorest and most deprived areas of the country. She has witnessed the systematic destruction of a support system, designed to help those that need it most, to create a widespread situation of poverty, ill-health and despair. She shares her thoughts below.

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NHS helps thousands with benefits advice project

The Benefits & Debt Advice Project for Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea offers invaluable help and support to local people on a whole range of issues. HOT has been in contact with Project Manager Barry Cooper and is keen to spread the word of what this service offers to the community.

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Tackling housing and homelessness in Hastings

The government’s relentless imposition of austerity naturally hits the worst-off hardest. Given the drastic shortage of social and affordable housing, finding and keeping a place to live has become a problem for many in Hastings. Peter Chowney, leader of Hastings Borough Council, told Nick Terdre how it is tackling problems of housing and homelessness in difficult circumstances.

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