Have your say on the savings proposals for the HIV Support Service

Closed 28 May 2018

Opened 19 Mar 2018

Overview

On 26 June East Sussex County Council’s Cabinet will meet to discuss the savings proposals for Adult Social Care, amongst others. Cabinet will also be making a decision on how to allocate the £1.6 million one-off funding we were allocated by Government in March.

Despite the ongoing challenges we face, the Council remains committed to supporting and protecting vulnerable people and delivering the best services possible. As a department, Adult Social Care and Health has to find a way to meet this commitment, while dealing with having nearly £10 million less to spend and rising demand for our services.

The papers for the Cabinet meeting, including the reports, recommendations, consultation reports and Equality Impact Assessments have now been published, and are publically available here (for adult social care items see 7-17 on the agenda).

Many people will be worried about their future care and support. Once the decisions are made, the hard and difficult work of bringing about these changes will start. Once we know the outcome, our staff will work with service providers over the coming weeks and months, and with the people who use services, to support them.

If you’re worried about what this will mean for you or someone you care about, please contact your service provider directly.

Why We Are Consulting

The Council agreed its budget for 2018/19 at its meeting on 6 February. It will see the Council make savings of £17 million. This includes a budget
reduction for Adult Social Care and Health of nearly £10 million.

We are asking for people’s views on how we are proposing to make the nearly £10 million in savings. What people tell us will help us to understand the impact and risks associated with our proposals. There may also be other ideas that we haven’t thought of.

The financial challenges we face as a local authority are long-standing and significant. The Council has recognised this and has urged the Government to give our county a fairer deal through the ‘Stand up for East Sussex’ petition.

You may be aware that the Government recently announced some extra funding for social care provision. For us, it will mean an additional £1.6 million. No decisions have been made yet on how that money will be spent.

To find out why we have to make savings watch our video

Despite these ongoing challenges, the Council remains committed to supporting and protecting vulnerable people and delivering the best services possible. As a department, Adult Social Care and Health has to find a way to meet this commitment, while dealing with having nearly £10 million less to spend and rising demand for our services.

Local authorities have a legal duty to meet people’s eligible social care needs, and this won’t be affected by our savings proposals. It does mean though that we’ve had to prioritise spending money on the services that allow us to meet those duties.

We are looking at many of the services we provide to see if they can be improved and if they can be delivered for less money. We are also proposing to spend less money on preventative services which help to stop or delay the need for more expensive statutory services.

We know that people will have concerns about many of the proposals and it is likely that services that people value would either need to stop, change or be reduced. This will have a big impact on people who use services, their carers and families and the staff who provide them, which is why your feedback is so important.

No decisions will be made about changes to services until after the consultation ends. What you tell us will be a key part of the decision making process. The results of the consultation will be considered by decision makers, alongside relevant evidence and the Equalities Impact Assessments.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Community groups or organisations
  • Voluntary groups or organisations
  • Public sector groups or organisations
  • Staff
  • Providers of services
  • Residents of East Sussex
  • Carers
  • People who use our services

Interests

  • Care and support services (adults)
  • Carers support
  • Social care providers