A budget for East Sussex, 2019/20

Councillors have agreed a budget for 2019/20 which will see £375 million spent on services in East Sussex.

The budget was recommended by cabinet on Tuesday 22 January 2019 and agreed by the full council on Tuesday 5 February.

The budget includes savings of just over £5 million to keep spending within the limits set by long-term reductions in financial support to East Sussex and the county’s growing needs.

Councillors also agreed a 2.99% increase in council tax – about 80 pence a week for a typical household.

See how we will spend your money in 2019

East Sussex County Council has already reduced its spending by £130 million since the start of the decade, yet continues to provide high-quality services, including children’s social care rated ‘outstanding’ and social care praised by inspectors for the way it is being joined up with health services.

The spending on services proposed in 2019/20 is higher than first expected, in part because our lobbying of central government has helped secure some extra one-off funding.

However our finances are still under strong pressure – we predict a funding gap of £21 million for the two years from April 2020. The council is continuing to press for long-term sustainable funding to meet the true needs of residents in East Sussex.

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