Eastbourne MP discusses budget cuts with austerity activists

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has met with police, anti-austerity activists and a homelessness group to discuss the impact of budget cuts on vulnerable people.

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 11:43 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 11:51 am
Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell meets with representives from Sussex Police, The Matthew 25 Mission and the Eastbourne People's Assembly SUS-160903-113143001

The meeting – held at Brodie Hall on Friday, March 4 – looked at how to protect people who may be vulnerable as a result of poverty and deprivation with fewer resources.

At the meeting, Mrs Ansell spoke with Chief Inspector Emma Brice and PC Dan Cloake from Sussex Police as well as representatives from both the Eastbourne People’s Assembly and The Matthew 25 Mission.

Speaking after the meeting, Mrs Ansell said, “It was very good to meet all the groups and the police and this was a very constructive meeting and I thank them for inviting me.

“The outcome was that we need to work together. We all care very much about our town and its people, especially the vulnerable, even if we do not always agree on how the problems can be solved or what has caused them.

“Solutions will not happen overnight, but having so many well-motivated and caring people able to help in Eastbourne is certainly a big positive. I look forward to keeping in touch with all the organisations and being kept up to date with their work.”

As a result of the meeting the parties agreed to closely monitor how the cuts – including the recent £40 million cut to East Sussex County Council’s adult social care budget – affect people in Eastbourne.

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