East Sussex County Council says it will not be looking to make any new cuts next year, as the authority begins its annual budget-setting process.
According to papers to be considered by the county council’s cabinet on Friday, the authority says it has no plans to identify further savings in 2021/22 "due to the considerable level of national funding uncertainty and the ever-changing requirements to meet the response to Covid-19".
While it may not be looking at any new savings, the council says savings already in the pipeline from previous budgets will take it down to its core offer – described as its minimum reasonable service – within the next three years.
In a recent newsletter, council leader Keith Glazier said it was "not the time" for further service cuts.
He said: “Every home and every business in East Sussex has been hit by Covid-19 – often severely.
“That’s why many people are relying more than ever on public services like care for the elderly and vulnerable, support for businesses or help with education.
“Knowing this, I’m pleased to say that my intention is for East Sussex County Council to keep its core offer to residents unchanged in our next budget."