Upperton Residents will have seen a letter from Keith Glazier, the Conservative Leader of East Sussex County Council assuring us that in these difficult times there will be no new cuts to services in the new Budget cycle.
What he fails to say is that there are £3.25 million of cuts already announced for next year’s Budget including cuts to Childrens' Services, Early Years, Safeguarding and Library Services.
There are also £7.28 million of cuts already planned for future years; add to this a further £2.8m of savings (oops cuts!) which were not achieved. Pat Rodohan says, “This is a time when we should be adding services - like supporting Youth Employment and Mental Health issues - rather than continuous cutbacks”.
There have been £138 million of cuts to County Council Services during the last 10 years. For the last 30+ years the Conservatives have run East Sussex County Council.
30 wasted years of residents paying more and getting less.
County Council rates have increased by 24% while average earnings increased by only 13%
Meanwhile we’ve had our libraries, our specialist facilities for older people and amenities for children with learning difficulties all closed or cut.
This cannot be right – it's time for a change