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Districts and Borough Leaders support the East Sussex fairer funding campaign

News : 09 November 2017

Leaders of all district and borough councils in East Sussex, including Wealden, have thrown their weight behind a campaign calling for fairer funding for the county.

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The Stand Up For East Sussex campaign is urging people to sign a petition calling on the Prime Minister to urgently rethink the funding the county receives.
The cross-party support from leaders of all five East Sussex districts and boroughs comes as a fresh boost to the petition, which more than 5,000 people have signed since it was launched a month ago.
The campaign highlights the mounting pressure on essential services for some of the county’s most vulnerable people as public spending declines. It points out that East Sussex also has to contend with below-average wages, lack of large firms to boost business rates and often inadequate transport links.
Yet government funding for the county is dwindling. The County Council has had to make savings of £112 million since 2010 with a further £58 million expected over the coming four years on current estimates.
The campaign also highlights some of the East Sussex’s successes, including its growing economy, and asks the Government for more powers to build on these strengths.
The petition, which runs until early December, can be signed online here https://www.change.org/p/please-help-east-sussex-by-signing-the-petition-to-the-prime-minister-for-fairer-funding-standupforeastsussex

Cllr Bob Standley, the Leader of Wealden District Council, said: “Local government has made significant savings in recent years. The County Council faces particular challenges with the increasing demand for Adult Social Care and Children Services across the whole county including the Wealden District. I support the Stand Up For East Sussex campaign which is asking for sufficient funding and greater freedom in how councils can deliver services to the community.”
A series of short campaign videos can be viewed on the East Sussex County Council website; https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/yourcouncil/consultation/stand-up-for-east-sussex/
Comments from the leaders of other East Sussex councils can be viewed here: http://news.eastsussex.gov.uk/2017/11/09/cross-party-support-for-east-sussex-fairer-funding-campaign/

Photo shows the leaders of the local councils in East Sussex. Councillor Standley is third from the left.