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ESCC consult on their planned cuts + sign the petition!

East Sussex County Council set to cut services to bare legal minimum! 

As The Guardian said in August when the dire financial situation emerged: ESCC are ‘set to cut services to bare legal minimum’. ‘The Tory-run authority reveals plan to avoid following Northamptonshire into bankruptcy!’

Despite the Chancellor saying in his budget statement that austerity is ‘finally coming to an end’ the Conservatives are ploughing ahead with these cuts! 

During the autumn things have moved on considerably and now the Conservative group who run the ESCC have agreed major budget cuts. They have come up with what they consider to be the ‘core offer.’  I don’t know why they call it an ‘offer’ as they aren’t offering any other choices! However, they have put out a consultation document which I recommend everyone responds to. Click here to go to the ESCC’s explanation of the core offer and a link to the public consultation page. The consultation closes on 26 December. 

Also a petition (also closing on 26 December) has been raised in protest against these cuts, – click here to sign up.

More ESCC cuts! – now it’s the music service

The Liberal Democrats on East Sussex County Council are campaigning to save East Sussex Music Service. Sadly the Conservatives seem set on pushing this and other cuts through.

Let them know what you think… please signing the petition Click Here. The petition closes on the 20th July 2018. Please add your name. ALSO please give your comments on the consultation – it closes  on 27 July 2018:

East Sussex Music (Instrumental Teaching)

This consultation has a special Young Person’s consultation – Click Here

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Opera star lead an Ouseday protest over proposed music service cuts:

Allan Clayton and his fellow ‘pirates’. Photograph by Willie Robb

Read more in the Sussex Express – Click Here

Read more in the Argus – Click Here

What ESCC say about the cuts the Conservative have imposed on the county:

“£10m cuts are also proposed for Adult Social Care, seven libraries and the Mobile Library have closed, £400k has been cut from the budget for grass cutting and Early Help services for vulnerable families are being reviewed with an expectation of £2.6m savings being delivered. The Director of Children’s Services has made it clear that he does not think it is right to identify additional funding for East Sussex Music by cutting other statutory services”.