East Sussex CC plans programme of £60m cuts
East Sussex CC has announced plans to make £60m savings over the next three years through service amendments and job losses.
Pledging to maintain help for their most vulnerable residents and promote personal budgets for those in care, the council will look to save funds through a 20% reduction in support service and management costs.
Lessening demand for high-cost social care arrangements, East Sussex CC’s THRIVE programme will work to reduce the number of looked after children by targeting intervention services to the most vulnerable families.
Schools in the district working towards achieving a ‘good’ rating will receive a smaller amount of support, with cuts in this field taking place in 2014/15 to ensure that effective inter-school partnerships can be formed.
Adult social care budgets will be shrunk, with foster and residential aid services for special educational needs and disabled children seeing reductions in favour of personal budgets.
Final decisions on the saving strategy are to be made by the town hall in February 2013.
Deputy leader of East Sussex CC, Keith Glazier, said: ‘The council predicts that between 80 to 100 jobs will be lost from the current staff of 5,300. We are currently running a staff stability policy, where we can look to retrain staff for other positions.
‘Project THRIVE was started this year and the council is looking to invest more money into it. The council can’t continue to take more kids into care. This is a transformative scheme that prevents kids coming into care, which is better for families and taxpayers. Early intervention work ultimately relieves pressures on the council budget,’ Glazier said.
"Schools in the district working towards achieving a ?good? rating will receive a smaller amount of support, with cuts in this field taking place in 2014/15 to ensure that effective inter-school partnerships can be formed." - pure Orwellian 'Newspeak'. To you and me it is a cut to school budgets. Why cant councils call an axe an axe!Patrick Newman, ex local government, Stevenage, Added: Wednesday, 14 November 2012 10:15 PM
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