Council warns it won’t be able to fund prevention services for children and adults by 2022

Report by council chief executive said services would be reduced to a "minimum service offer"

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A council has warned that it will not be able to fund preventative services for adults’ and children’s social care by 2021/22 without more resources from the government.

In East Sussex’s budget proposals, submitted to cabinet in January, the council warned it would be left with a “minimum service offer” if more money wasn’t made available.

The report, by East Sussex chief executive Becky Shaw, warned that the council would be able to provide safeguarding, meet critical needs in adult’s social care and deal with the highest level of need and risk cases in children’s services. However, without extra funding from the government, it would be unable to fund early intervention or prevention services.

“Central services will be reduced to a democratic core with minimum support for departments and more self-service,” the report said.

‘Income generation’

The bleak outlook means the council has asked its cabinet to endorse a renewed focus on “commercialisation and income generation” in adults’ social care, children’s early help and support services.

The council has already levied the adult social care precept by 6% over 2017/18 and 2018/19. The precept was subject to a maximum uplift of 6% in the three years to 2019/20, so East Sussex cannot apply the precept again.

A spokesperson for East Sussex council said the council would not comment on the proposals while the budget process is still ongoing.

3 Responses to Council warns it won’t be able to fund prevention services for children and adults by 2022

  1. A Man Called Horse February 5, 2018 at 10:39 am #

    The Tory Plan in a nutshell. See Guidance below

    1. Cut central Government Grant to zero over a set period of time up to 2020.
    2. Create crisis in Local Authority unable to meet Statutory Legal obligations.
    3. Tell Council Tax Payers we have no alternative but to extract more, much more from you.
    4. Sack large number of LA staff, privatise and downgrade terms and conditions of employment.
    5. Replace skilled and highly paid workers with lower skilled workers on zero hour contract.

    Tory Job done. Vote Tory you suckers you know it makes sense.

  2. Barbara MacArthur February 7, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    As regards care for vulnerable adults – no-one will notice any difference.

  3. Lisa Green February 8, 2018 at 2:29 am #

    Good to read a CEO being honest and admitting how serious and real the budget issue is and trying to make staff do more with less . The times I’ve heard that we will have a new structure and be able to do it (also known as we placing the responsibility with the front line staff)