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The true face of care cuts

Tomorrow is the anniversary of mass public spending cuts announced by the Government. Photo: ITV Meridian

Two years on, the true impact of budget cuts to council services is being felt right across the region. Tomorrow is the anniversary of mass public spending cuts announced by the Government.

Local authorities are moving to save tens of millions while trying to preserve frontline services. But charities and campaign groups say it's ordinary people in need who are suffering as budget reductions take hold.

While the elderly and disabled have been hard hit, the children's services budget in Kent, for example, has been reduced by more than £20 million affecting youth community services.

Budgets to help those in debt and desperate have been slashed by a quarter at citizen's advice services in Hastings and elsewhere.

But nowhere has the opposition to cuts in funding for care been stronger than in West Sussex where campaigners today held a protest outside the council headquarters ahead of af council debate. They claim 70% of people being reassessed for help in the last 20 months have lost all or part of their care funding despite the fact the council has £176 million in reserves.

Our social affairs correspondent Christine Alsford went to meet some of those affected, and speaks to Susie Rowbottom, her mother Kate, Derek Atter and Tony Rainford, as well as Cllr Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County council.

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