Lewes Liberal Democrats are fighting proposals to close 4 Children’s centres in the District, among 14 proposed for closure across East Sussex.
The County Lib Dem team on ESCC have led the opposition to cuts in Early Years’ spending.
Lib Dem County Councillor Philip Daniel (Ringmer and Lewes Bridge) says: “At East Sussex County Council the Lib Dem team opposed cuts to Early Years spending at Budget time, and at every meeting of the Cabinet and Full Council where this has been on the Agenda.”
Councillor Daniel continued: “Lib Dems argue that these cuts are not only hurting vulnerable families but are also financial nonsense - they cut services which are aimed at prevention of problems. The cuts will mean greater expenditure over the next few years as problems are not addressed in the early years.”
The strategy, approved by the Tory Lead Member at the County Council and out for consultation, includes the removal of the 14 Children’s Centres and £2.6 million cuts to Early Help Services, which are targeted at the most vulnerable families and young people across East Sussex. Over 4,000 of the most vulnerable families in East Sussex rely on the Keywork service and many others access the Early Help services for help and advice.
Lib Dem Councillor Carolyn Lambert (Seaford South) added: “Yet again, cuts in vital preventative services will not only have an immediate impact but will affect our children in the future.”