Released: 25 July 2019
West Sussex County Council has noted and published its annual report for the year 2018/19, following a full debate at a meeting of the full council in County Hall, Chichester.
The report provides a comprehensive summary of the council’s achievements over the year, including updates on performance and an acknowledgement of the council’s commitment to improvements to its children’s services and fire and rescue service.
Highlights from the report include:
• An extensive programme of highway maintenance schemes funded by a £6m capital injection from the Department for Transport
• West Sussex local authorities chosen by Government to pilot a 75% Business Rates Retention, which will deliver £19m
• Around 4,000 more pupils in West Sussex attending a school rated by Ofsted as at least ‘Good’ compared with 2016
• School dinners in West Sussex contained just 5g of sugar on average, down 73% on 2014
• Horsham District Growth Deal signed and will deliver new homes, create jobs and boost economic prosperity in the area
• Delayed Transfers of Care between hospitals and homes continued to decrease, exceeding the national target
• More than 1k households helped to switch to cheaper ‘Your Energy Sussex’ energy tariff in just four months.
Commenting on the report, Louise Goldsmith, Leader of the County Council said: “I am pleased to publish the second annual report on our progress against the West Sussex Plan.
“Reading this report, I am reminded again of the difference that West Sussex County Council makes to the lives of our residents and the honour and responsibility that comes with being its Leader.
“I also recognise our challenges but what is most important for our residents is how we have responded to them. We have in place two plans to improve our children’s services and fire and rescue service. Ongoing, implementing these plans is our priority and it is only in working in partnership that we can deliver them.
“I look forward to continuing to champion our county and drive forward progress to make West Sussex the best it can be.”
You can view the annual report online here and residents are reminded that they can keep up-to-date on the council’s performance by visiting the West Sussex Performance Dashboard.