THE SOCIAL CARE CHALLENGE

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Some of the bigger cuts have fallen in East Sussex where Stagecoach South East continues to provide a two-hourly Monday to Saturday service 349 between Hastings and Hawkhurst, running on to Tunbridge Wells as route 254, but no longer operates a supported Sunday service. This is Hastings-bound Alexander Dennis Pointer Dart 34645 (GX54 DWU) crossing the River Rother in Bodium.

Two words burst on to the news agenda in December, posing a huge threat to supported bus services: social care.

The government has given local councils in England permission to raise council tax by 3% in 2017/18 and by the same amount again in 2018/19 to raise an additional £652million towards the provision of adult social care by 2020, as well as providing access to a £240million adult social care support fund, all intended to help older and vulnerable people maintain acceptable levels of independence and dignity.

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