Latest News Carers consultation on East Sussex County Council funding cuts East Sussex County Council’s Cabinet met recently to consider dramatic cuts to its budgets. The Council faces a significant shortfall in funding and has a huge financial challenge to address.The Council has worked hard to reduce the shortfall through planning, efficiency savings and the Stand Up for East Sussex Campaign, but still faces incredibly challenging financial decisions. We are concerned about the potential impact of funding cuts on carers. Carers look after friends, relatives or neighbours who could not cope without their support because of illness, disability, mental health or addiction. The impact of social care cuts on them is threefold: Reductions to services relied on by those they care for Reduction of support for carers themselves Alongside a potential impact on overall benefits and entitlements Unpaid carers cannot be seen as a solution to the social care funding crisis, or be expected to plug the gap when services no longer exist.The full Council met on 6th February to decide its budget. You can read the draft proposals on the East Sussex County Council website. After this, a full public consultation will run from 15th February for 10 weeks - we are working with the Council to ensure that carers have their say. Tamsin Peart, Joint Commissioning Manager for Carers, said: "Following full Council’s final decision on budget savings in early February, Adult Social Care will start a consultation process with carers and carers’ organisations. As well as the consultation meetings that all carers will be welcome to attend, Care for the Carers will be sending out a survey on behalf of Adult Social Care so that everyone has the opportunity to share their views. We will be asking carers and those working with carers to help us prioritise how we can meet the needs of carers and ensure that the types of support that offer the most benefit to carers are available within a reduced budget." Carers consultations In the light of these new developments the Carers Voices Network meetings planned for February and March are now being opened up to any carers who would like to attend. There will be a chance to: Learn more about the proposals being made by East Sussex County Council Share your views and take part in the consultation process Find out how to stay involved in the future The meetings are taking place at the following: HASTINGS – Thursday 22nd February 10.30 am – 12.30 pmThe Bridge Community Centre, 361 Priory Road, Hastings, TN34 3NW EASTBOURNE – Wednesday 28th February 2.00 pm – 4.00 pmAll Saints Church Hall - 21a Grange Road Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4HE PEACEHAVEN – Tuesday 6th March 2.00 pm – 4.00 pmThe Anzac Hall, Meridian Centre Peacehaven, BN10 8BB If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please book online following the links below: Hastings Eastbourne Peacehaven or contact Debbie on 01323 738390 or [email protected] with your preferred date and venue and a place will be reserved for you.