Struggling to pay the bills in Lewes

I wonder how many people in seemingly prosperous Lewes know what a struggle it is to feed a family (we have four food banks) and pay rent on the minimum wage of £6.31/hour?

While cleaners in houses earn £10-12/hour, shop workers and care workers are on the minimum wage. No wonder that Claydon House, one of our local nursing homes, is finding it hard to recruit staff for a very demanding 12-hour shift and are increasingly using expensive agency staff.

How about Lewes following the City of York’s example of becoming a “poverty-free” community and paying the “living” wage of £7.65/hour?

Dee O’Connell

Lewes