By Paul Lacey
Thousands of vulnerable adults in West Sussex face cuts to their social care after a controversial council budget plan was passed in the council’s 2012/2013 budget.
West Sussex County Council has cut a further £7.6 million from Adults’ Services budget to save £79 million over three years.
The Conservative-led council has argued that reduced funding is essential to bring itself in line with 75% of councils in England.
South-East England MEP Sharon Bowles supports anti-cuts campaign group ‘Don’t Cut Us Out’. She said: “The people affected by these cuts are at poverty levels, either nearing the end of their lives or with life-long disabilities that prevent them from working. They need our support, not to be left out in the cold.”
The group has argued that the council only ranks 143 out of 152 in England for its lack of social care and the further reductions will only make things worse.