Housing shortage

Kayleigh’s story: cramped and desperate victim of homes crisis This is the story of Kayleigh – featured in a Labour advertisement in the Hastings Observer in November 2019 – and told here in full for the first time. Home for Kayleigh, 33, and her three children – Rosie, 10; Alana, 2; and six-month-old Trent – […]

Crisis at the Conquest

Staff speak out about shameful cuts at our local hospital Nurses at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings are regularly working 60-hour weeks. This is because of a pay cap that has limited rises to just 1.5% per year. This puts extra stress on staff who are already under pressure in what is supposed to be a […]

Train pledge exposed

Autumn … and more Tory lies on the line The Tories would have to spend a vast amount of money – upwards of £20 billion – to create a faster rail service between Hastings and London. This is based on the £400 million-per-mile cost of the current HS2 project linking London to the North. Besides replacing track, […]

Food banks

Desperately low-paid drive sharp rise in Hastings food bank demand Hastings’ main food bank has just had its biggest October on record, with a sharp increase in those being referred for emergency food aid. The government’s cruel benefits system is driving thousands more to rely on food banks. And the situation this winter is getting […]