THE Tories say the LibDems have only themselves to blame for the large council cuts.

Eastbourne Conservative group leader Robert Smart said: “The LibDem administration cannot continue to blame the government and covid for its self-inflicted financial woes. 

“The estimates for the recovery and reset programme were set in February. But they are based on continuing covid into perpetuity with net costs of around £19m to £20m per annum.

“Although we don’t have audited accounts as a solid base, net annual costs were running between £13m and £14m per annum pre-covid. Why should net costs be £6m more than they were pre-covid? 

“We need the answer to that question before addressing the very modest proposals [in the report].”