Conservative Councillors have voted down Lib Dem proposals which would have helped protect care services for both elderly people and children, as well as investing more in tackling potholes and improving local roads.
The Lib Dem opposition tabled plans at East Sussex County Council to reduce the most damaging Conservative cuts, putting millions back into Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. It would also have meant more money to tackle poorly maintained roads and potholes. Finally it would have made sure both towns and villages got a fair deal in funding from the county council.
Lib Dem Opposition leader Councillor David Tutt acknowledged the relentless assault on councils as a result of continued cuts in grant from the Tory Government but argued that local Conservative proposals should not be supported. He said: “The proposed cuts hit the most vulnerable in our community, those who cannot fight for themselves, these are the people who the Liberal Democrats are standing up for”.
Adult Social Care
Reinstate funding for: Older People Community Care; Older People Adults and Learning Disability directly provided services; Working Age Adult Care; Tackling Substance Misuse and a contribution to reduce the risk posed by potential over reliance on the Better Together Programme which is hoping that the Health Care Budget will backfill Council cuts to the tune of £7m.
More funding for Locality Social Work: Early Years provision and reinstatement of money for the SPARK organisation which has done some fantastic work connecting voluntary and community groups for young people. The amendment also proposes to restore to the base the money being cut from Special Educational Needs which had been pushed back until after the County Council elections.
Liberal Democrats are also proposing money for Village Maintenance Support to help rural areas and additional highways maintenance