Can you believe it: another consultation?! (I am beginning to suffer consultation fatigue; in fact I’m worried that it could even develop into a full-blown case of “consultee’s ennui”. Anyway, here goes).
This time it is East Sussex County Council. Basically what they are saying is that in a very few years’ time, they will have no money to do anything other than the bare minimum that they are legally obliged to do; indeed not even that. They have therefore set out what they call their “core offer” in order that members of the public can see what this bare minimum would look like.
Our own elected county council representative, John Barnes MBE, described this at the recent Parish Council meeting as not so much a consultation, more a propaganda exercise designed to put pressure on central government to do something about local government finance.
If you want to take part in this exercise, the full details are here.