This doesn't really feel much like the end of austerity. It feels a real indictment of the short termism in public policy nationally that both Local Government and the NHS feel compelled to cut preventative services which will both address societal risk and save money in the long term. We need to have a national conversation about how we can ringfence those preventative services vital to long term quality of services and management of financial risk.
East Sussex CC has outlined in detail its minimum ‘core offer’ of services but has admitted even this may prove unsustainable beyond 2022. A report to its cabinet next week by chief executive Becky Shaw (pictured) admitted the scale of the financial challenge “may risk our ability to meet statutory guidance and deadlines”. Preventative services are at the front of the queue for cuts, even though there is acknowledgment this might increase long-term costs