Wealden Greens join Caroline Lucas at Westminster to protest the stark effect of government cuts on local services

2 March 2018

Patricia Patterson-Vanegas and Caroline LucasThis week our prospective candidate for Wealden District Council, Patricia Patterson-Vanegas, battled the snow to join Caroline Lucas MP at Westminster.
 
Green candidates from across the UK delivered a letter to the Treasury that highlights the stark reality of public service cuts. East Sussex County Council, and Wealden District Council, are making cuts that deeply affect the people who live here - and we fear the effect that these service cuts will have on vulnerable people of all ages.
 
The letter goes on to say that the funding gap 'is having a deeply negative impact on initiatives needed to improve equality, sustainability and resilience'. When even core services like adult social care are under threat, councils are slashing other spending left, right and centre. 
 
It cites East Sussex County Council's proposed axing of Forest Row's Recycling Centre as an example of short-sighted, unsustainable cuts - a decision made even though the site is one of the most successful in the county for extracting value from material that is thrown away by consumers, and despite some 4000 local residents (out of a population of 5500) signing a petition against the proposed closure.
 
We hope Mr Hammond will listen to us: his cuts are destroying infrastructure and services that we all depend on. Once lost, they'll be hard to rebuild so we must invest in them now and keep our communities safe.