Conservatives Stifle Debate
Opposition councillors on East Sussex County Council are furious at a decision by the ruling Conservative administration to prevent councillors discussing controversial cuts to Adult Social Care. Councillor David Tutt, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the County Council explains:
“We have continually asked for issues to be brought to full County Council so that the views of all councillors can be taken into account, particularly where these involve the kind of cuts to the bone that are being proposed for Adult Social care. The Conservatives have refused to do so on the grounds that we have the opportunity to speak at Cabinet, although of course, we do not have a vote.
Now they are preventing full discussion at Cabinet. This is a shocking attack on democracy following on from their seizure of the chairs of all the scrutiny committees and the awarding of a controversial pay increase to the Leader of the Council.
We call on the Conservative administration to uphold democracy and to allow councillors to do the job for which they were elected and to speak on behalf of their residents.”