Petitions against proposed cuts to social care budgets

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Thousands have signed two petitions calling for East Sussex County Council not to cut care services for vulnerable people.

A consultation, closing December 14, concerns plans to cut £40million from adult social care and £13.2m from children’s services budgets.

Brighton based anti-cuts activist Beth Granter has launched a petition against cuts which has already gained more than 22,000 signatures. She said: “Cuts mean vulnerable people may become homeless or stay stuck in unsuitable care homes or hostels, left isolated and unsupported if they become dependent on drugs or alcohol.”

The petition calls on County to stand by its priorities to keep people safe. Beth says cuts are not necessary. To state your views visit: www.thepetitionsite.com/915/020/003/

Another service threatened with cuts is mental health support. Anna Stratford, Director of Recovery Partners which helps people with mental health challenges said: “Cuts will affect many people with mental health issues in East Sussex. This will have a negative impact on their health, work and family life and cost local NHS and social care services nearly 10 times what will be saved from the commissioning pot.” Anna’s petition is at: www.thepetitionsite.com/163/169/779 has already gained more than 7,000 signatures. County advises people to complete the online survey and get in touch if you are worried.

Changes would happen from next April.

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