Funding U-turn after £6.9m boost

A FUNDING boost of £6.9million has allowed East Sussex County Council to perform a U-turn over controversial plans to cut funding for vulnerable adults.

The Observer reported last month how the local authority - which is struggling to manage a multi-million pound cut in funding - has proposed removing support for any disabled adult who was not deemed to be in critical need.

A host of local charities rallied against the mooted plans, arguing that any withdrawal of funding to non-critical adults would simply end up pushing more into the most severe category.

This week though, the county council announced it had been successful in applying for an extra pot of cash from the Department of Health and that no changes would be made to the funding criteria - for the next 12 months at least.

Andrew Phillips, manager of the Parchment Trust - one of the charities which hit out at the original plans - was delighted with the climb-down.

He said: “This is good news - at least for the short-term.

“Removing funding would have had a serious impact on people’s lives here in Hastings.

“It is certainly a relief to hear the county council has changed its mind - not just for our service users and their parents but also for our staff.”

The county council is also currently consulting on the overall community care budget, with locals given until Wednesday (February 16) to make their feelings known.

To take part visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/ or call 01273 481565.