The county election seem long forgotten now, with the snap General Election events and all the national and world events that have followed. However, local campaigners and councillors continue their work in the community and the council. Liberal Democrat Sarah Osborne was elected for a 4 year term for our area. She represents villages on the south west of Lewes from Ditching in the north to Newhaven in the south: Ditchling ; Falmer ; Iford ; Kingston ; Newhaven (part) ; Piddinghoe ; Plumpton ; Rodmell ; Southease ; St Ann (without) ; Streat ; Westmeston
Contact Sarah: E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 01273 401606
At the County Council Sarah is on 2 bodies:
Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee – This committee looks at the work of the National Health Service (NHS) clinical commissioning groups, healthcare trusts, and the NHS England Local Area Team.
East Sussex Fire Authority – The Authority was created on 1st April 1997, as a result of local government reorganisation and has significant statutory responsibilities laid down in the Fire & Rescue Service Act 2004 and The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Sarah is also a member of the Lewes District Council and is on Appointments, Devolution, and Scrutiny Committees and Leader of the Liberal Democrat District Councillor Group. She sits in on the powerful Cabinet meeting. Ignoring any form of proportionality the Conservatives have taken 100% of the seats on this committee. Sarah is also a current member of 3VA which is a charity that supports and develops the voluntary & community sector in Eastbourne, Lewes and Wealden.
Nationally, Sarah is a member of the Local Government Association (LGA) and sits on the People & Places Committee which acts as the national group representing the interests of non-city areas. The LGA is the national voice of councils and works to that ensure that local council’s voice is heard at national government level.
Sarah’s newsletter ‘Thank You’ for support in the county elections and in the general election is being delivered this summer. You can also see a copy by clicking the image to the left. The Focus newsletter covers a number of issues and here are some on them:
Tories drop plans to snatch free school meals after Lib Dem pressure
Theresa May has dropped plans to scrap free school lunches for infant pupils, after the Lib Dems criticised the Conservative plans, which would have deprived 1.7 million children of free school lunches, including 700,000 living in poverty.
SCHOOLS FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT DOESN’T GO FAR ENOUGH
Commenting over the recent schools funding announcement, Lib Dem Shadow Education Spokesperson Layla Moran said: “This is a desperate attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes. Instead of providing the £4bn of extra funding promised, the Conservatives are recycling cash from the education budget. Schools still face cuts once inflation and increasing class sizes are taken into account.” Cllr Vic Ient said: “Whilst the the Tory Education Minister shuffles funds around to make us think the Tories are providing ‘new’ money, they are standing back and allowing services like Rodmell School to close”.
LIB DEMS WELCOME DEMENTIA TAX U-TURN
The Conservatives have also dropped plans to introduce a so called ‘Dementia Tax’. The tax would have forced the sale of family homes to fund care for the sick and elderly. “We do need to spend more on adult social care”, says Cllr Sarah Osborne. “But the Conservative plan was entirely the wrong approach and I am very pleased they have backed down.”