Council Plan 2017/18
This Council Plan sets out our ambitions and what we plan to achieve by 2020 for each of our four overarching priority outcomes: driving economic growth; keeping vulnerable people safe; helping people help themselves; and making best use of resources.
Over the last few years we have seen a fundamental and permanent change to the way the Council operates, with the size of the public sector reducing significantly. These changes will continue with the national revenue support grant to councils due to end by 2020/21 so that the Council is dependent on council tax and business rates to support increasing demand for services, particularly for social care and health services. Our resources are limited, so we must be clear about what we can do and ensure that we care for the most vulnerable people while we achieve a financially sustainable balance across the services we provide. In doing this we will base our decisions on local evidence of need and what works and makes a difference locally.
We will explore how we can work most effectively with all our partners locally and in the region. We will pursue new freedoms and seek greater powers over local public services where they will increase our ability to deliver our priority outcomes for East Sussex.
We have set a number of delivery outcomes under each overarching priority outcome. These have been used to shape the Council Plan performance measures and the targets that are the main tool we use to assess our progress. We also keep track of a wide range of key data evidencing local needs in East Sussex related to our priority outcomes. 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 2017/18.