A core offer for East Sussex - introduction

From support for those who need it most, to services for everyone – like roads and public health – our proposal is for a basic but decent level of service for East Sussex – the least you should reasonably be able to expect, even in this difficult financial climate.

See: A core offer for East Sussex

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Watch the video

This video was published on the launch of our Core Offer in 2018 and all details were correct at time of publication.

Core Offer video

What is it?

With the needs of residents and businesses at its heart, the core offer sets out how we will provide the best service we can within the resources we have available. It is an ambitious but realistic plan to help us continue to deliver quality, value-for-money services where they’re most needed. Besides meeting our legal duties, we also want to grow the economy of East Sussex and make sure we monitor and invest resources where greater costs may otherwise pile up.

Why do we need a 'core offer'?

Demand for services is growing, while our funding from central Government is declining. We know that council tax increases can be difficult. We have already saved more than £138 million between 2010 and 2020 – enough to care for more than 6,000 vulnerable adults or fix over 2.6 million potholes.

Our 2021/22 budget adds no new cuts to services and keeps us above our core offer – the minimum level of service we think East Sussex residents should be able to expect.

What happens next?

We will keep the core offer under review, develop it if needed, and use it to shape the services we provide for East Sussex.

Background to the core offer

We published detailed proposals for a core offer in November 2018 and held a public survey to find out what the people of East Sussex thought of it. See: Consultation – A core offer for East Sussex.

The core offer was discussed at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 13 November 2018.