Council Plan 2019/20

This Council Plan sets out our ambitions and what we plan to achieve by 2022 for each of our four overarching priority outcomes: driving sustainable economic growth; keeping vulnerable people safe; helping people help themselves; and making best use of resources.

The Council provides services used by all residents in East Sussex, including providing care and support to children, families and the elderly; maintaining the roads and providing library services; and working to boost the local economy. We have a long term track record for delivery, producing excellent results for the public.

The Council’s resources have reduced in real terms since 2010; a period when demand for services, particularly social care and health services, has grown significantly; and we expect this to continue. Grants from Central Government have reduced, meaning we are largely dependent on local council tax and business rates, but these bear little relationship to services we provide for the young and elderly. Many people live in East Sussex and commute to work in businesses elsewhere or retire here having made their main tax contributions where they worked through income tax and national insurance. As resourcing of local government does not reflect these realities, we must adjust our services to match the funds we do have. We have been democratic, open and honest in determining the best quality services we can provide, within the resources available, and set this out in our Core Offer. We consider this to be the realistic level of service we must provide, to both fulfil our statutory duties, but also meet local need. In doing this we have based our decisions on local evidence of need and what works and makes a difference locally.

We do not work in isolation, so we will work with all our partners to make sure there is a shared view of priorities and that we make the most of opportunities and resources available in East Sussex. We lobby hard to protect and promote the interests of East Sussex.

We have set a number of delivery outcomes under each overarching priority outcome. These shape the Council Plan performance measures and targets that are the main tool we use to assess our progress. We also keep track of a wide range of related key data evidencing local need in East Sussex. These help us assess our impact more fully and respond appropriately when we need to do so. We review this data when making our plans and publish them with our State of the County report each year. A selection of this information is provided throughout the plan and listed in more detail at the end.

You can also download the Council Plan 2019/20.

Keith Glazier

Keith Glazier

Leader

Becky Shaw

Becky Shaw

Chief Executive