Warbleton Parish Council have forwarded some useful information to us, from Wealden District Council, about:
– Photographic ID required for May local elections
– Free NHS Health Checks for Wealden Residents

Summary below. Full. details on the WPC website news page: http://www.warbletonparishcouncil.co.uk/community/warbleton-parish-council-18007/news/

Photographic ID required for May local elections
For the first time, residents in Wealden will need to show photographic ID to vote at this year’s local elections. Elections for Wealden District Council and town and parish councils will be held on Thursday 4 May this year.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo. Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online from Monday 16 January at https://voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/ or by completing a paper form. The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at  https:// www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id

Free NHS Health Checks for Wealden Residents
Free health checks are to take place across the Wealden district in partnership with One You East Sussex. Wealden District Council is delivering a Wealden roadshow provided by One You East Sussex, a free holistic lifestyle service for residents of East Sussex.

The NHS Health Check is a free check-up designed to spot the early signs of strokes, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. Residents aged 40-74, who haven’t had a stroke or don’t suffer heart disease or kidney disease, are eligible for an NHS Health Check every five years. Residents who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes will not be eligible. The health check will include taking height and weight measurements and some blood samples to analyse sugar levels and cholesterol. Residents will also be able to discuss any medial questions, talk about family medical history and to receive support, if needed once their results come back.
Dates and locations for the health checks:
Tuesday 7th March from 10am to 3pm – Hailsham, Vicarage Lane car park
Tuesday 14th March from 10am to 3pm – Crowborough, Croft Road car park
Tuesday 21st March from 10am to 3pm – Uckfield, Luxford Field car park
Tuesday 28th March from 10am to 3pm – Heathfield, Station Road East car park
Tuesday 4th April from 10am to 3pm – Forest Row, Hartfield Road car park
Tuesday 11th April from 10am to 3pm – Polegate, Town Council car park
Tuesday 18th April from 10am to 3pm – Hailsham, Vicarage Lane car park

Wealden Cost of Living Support Hub
A Cost of Living support hub to help businesses, community groups and residents has been launched by Wealden District Council. The hub has been designed to point people in the right direction to receive professional advice on finances and what is available to them – each section tailored to the needs of businesses, residents, and community groups.

There are several grants, loans and funding streams available to businesses and community groups no matter what their size, as well as financial support and advice for residents struggling to pay bills, or are concerned about food and rising energy costs.  Councillor Richard Hallett, Wealden’s portfolio holder for Governance, Customer Services and HR, said:  “So many people are currently suffering with cost of living pressures and making ends meet so I am pleased to see this information hub has been created.” “It is a much-needed tool that will help residents, community groups and businesses access services and funding that they are entitled to and reduce the financial impact that so many people are experiencing.”
The hub is updated regularly. To access the page please visit www.wealden.gov.uk/cost- of-living-support/