Job losses among cost cutting plans from East Sussex County Council

Job losses and cuts to services are among plans by the county council as it looks to claw back £60 million.

The plans have been approved by East Sussex County Council’s (ESCC)Cabinet and will go before the full council on February 12.

It is hoped the ideas will boost economic prosperity by providing capital funding for economic development, roads, schools and broadband in East Sussex.

Proposals to freeze council tax charge for the third year in a row will also be discussed at the meeting.

But ESCC’s deputy leader Keith Glazier warned there were hard decisions to be made. He said: “Like every council in the UK, we face some really hard decisions on our revenue budget. Our plans to save £60 million over the next three years will mean changes and reductions in some services and more job losses.

“We’ll do our best to mitigate any cuts and protect our key frontline services and we are clear that the most vulnerable in our county will continue to be protected.”

He added: “We’re also planning to freeze council tax and if agreed it will be the third year in a row that we’ll have capped the tax. We know that times are hard for many people, and every pound counts in household budgets, so we need to do our bit to help.”

To watch the filmed budget debate go to: http://www.eastsussex.public-i.tv/core/