Pleased decision has been reversed

I READ Philip Tice’s letter in these pages last week with interest.

Mr Tice raised the extremely important issue of the East Sussex Community Care budget and his concern that East Sussex County Council was planning to cut services from those with ‘only’ substantial needs.

I too was very concerned at this decision by the council as the coalition government has specifically provided £2 billion nationally to protect social care services.

Additionally, the Lib Dem Health Minister Paul Burstow announced an extra £1,122,125 for East Sussex PCT to spend on alleviating budget pressures on frontline care services in the New Year.

Mr Tice is right to say this was a local decision, but he will be pleased to know the funding from central government and a gentle reminder from the local Lib Dem MPs to ESCC about what they should be spending their social care money on - frontline social care services - has played a part in the county council reversing its decision.

The decision to cut funding from those who have substantial needs was unfair and against the spirit of what the coalition government is trying to do.

I am very pleased they have responded positively. I hope Mr Tice will recognise the coalition is not just cutting wantonly but is in fact providing billions of pounds of extra funding for frontline health services.

Stephen Lloyd

MP for Eastbourne

and Willingdon