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The West Sussex County Tory administration has been slammed today by the Liberal Democrats for their extravagant communications budget, and making their own You-Tube film clips.  Dr James Walsh, deputy group leader of the County Council Liberal Democrats said:  “At a time of savage cuts to personal care services for vulnerable elderly and young people, […]

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A Liberal Democrat attempt to provide a £3million boost for community social services for the elderly, for preserving bus services, and to support the careers service for young people was rejected by the Tories at West Sussex County Council budget meeting yesterday (Friday 17th Feb). Liberal Democrat Group leader Morwen Millson said, “The Conservatives inherited a […]

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 Funding of £60,000 is available for learning difficulty grants and £45,000 for autistic spectrum disorder grants from West Sussex County Council.  Examples of successful grants in the past have included a project that helps people with limited means to be able to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, a café providing a meeting time and place […]

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Public Health Wellbeing Hubs established

by derekdeedman on 5 October, 2011

One of the reports to the Learning DifficultyPartnership Board meeting on Monday (3 October) was on the Health and Well-being hubs. The Board heard from Sue Carmichael, who manages the Project, that it will work through County, Borough and District Councils together with the NHS and Community services to help people stay healthy and well and able […]

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 West Sussex Lib Dem Spokesman for Adult Services, Councillor Bob Smytherman has highlighted the impact of Tory cuts to disabled people’s services at West Sussex County Council.  The comments come on the back of an in-depth report carried out by the disability charity Scope in conjunction with the Demos think tank, which has looked at […]

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Vote for Ferring Country Centre

by derekdeedman on 6 June, 2011

A little help to offset social care reduction for those with learning difficulties? I have been alerted to the fact that Ferring Country Centre has reached the final stages in the lottery good causes awards, for its small farm (which is of particular value for those with learning difficulties who attend). Please take a minute […]

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The West Sussex County Council Liberal Democrat group yesterday (Friday) called on the Conservative -led County Council to cease its defence of the Judicial Review initiated by the Don’t Cut Us Out Campaign following yesterdays (Thursday) High Court ruling. Dr James Walsh, Deputy Group Leader, said “The Birmingham judgement, on grounds very similar to the […]

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What a depressing morning it was at County Hall today. The Liberal Democrat resolution, supported by Labour, to establish a working group to review alternatives to the budget cuts for moderate care needs for vulnerable adults and those with learning difficulties was heavily defeated by the Conservatives majority. The debate showed clearly that the 19 […]

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West Sussex Liberal Democrats have condemned Conservative Cabinet Member Peter Catchpole over his recent decision to change the Eligibility Criteria for adults with moderate social care needs. Liberal Democrat Group Leader Morwen Millson said, “Despite the crocodile tears in his press statement last week, Peter Catchpole has failed to respond positively to the views of […]

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National Concessionary Bus Fare scheme in West Sussex

by derekdeedman on 14 March, 2011

The Cabinet Member responsible has decided that the start time for this scheme will be 9.30am (instead of the current 9am) when the County Council becomes responsible for the operation of the scheme from 1 April. He has, however, also decided that the County Council will also fund companions/carers passes to be valid on the […]

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