In our apparently affluent district, it is hard to be poor or badly housed.

The Seaford and Newhaven Branch of the Labour Party has made a donation of £60 to the Newhaven Food Bank .  The Branch Chair, Teresa O’Brien pictured here with Cllr. Penny Lower and a member of staff from the Sussex Community Development Association, also committed the Branch to a monthly collection of non-food items for the Food Bank. The dedicated staff and volunteers provide an essential service for families and individuals in crisis.  There is an ongoing need for food donations as the demand continues to rise and is particularly acute over the long Summer holidays. The Food Bank and SCDA are now situated in central Newhaven.

The Labour Branch were also able to make a similar donation to Shelter from the profits made from a community showing at the Hillcrest Centre of the film Dispossession, a documentary on the crisis in social housing.

Over a third of Lewes District Council’s council homes have been lost to the right to buy, forcing people into the expensive over-priced private sector.  One of the main causes of poverty in the area is the cost of housing.