Vulnerable people needing care will get an even smoother service after Surrey County Council social care teams moved in with other authorities.
Neighbourhood police officers are also based at Runnymede* while voluntary groups helping older people work from Spelthorne.
Surrey’s move means social care staff are able to work even more closely with teams in those councils providing services like dial-a-ride transport, home improvements for the disabled or meals on wheels and can link up more effectively with police checking on the vulnerable.
In addition, the social care teams are much closer to the people they help, such as the old and frail and those with physical or mental disabilities.
This follows adult social care staff** moving into Guildford Borough Council’s offices as part of a one team approach to using Surrey’s public buildings that sees the county council seeking ways to work with other organisations to make its services the best in the country.
Michael Gosling, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “The public sector should be seen as one team working together for the benefit of taxpayers. By housing our public services under one roof, we’re all providing even better services to older people while giving maximum value for money by making the very best use of office space.”
Runnymede Council’s Director of Housing, Leisure and Community Services Deborah Blowers said: “Already staff at Runnymede are seeing much quicker turnaround times for some services as a result of the changes and this has a direct benefit to service users.”
Spelthorne Council’s Assistant Chief Executive Liz Borthwick said: “At Spelthorne, the voluntary sector have said how much quicker it is to resolve issues for vulnerable people.”
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* Runnymede’s building also includes a county council library.
** Together with some youth and children’s workers. Around 40 social work staff have moved into Runnymede Borough Council’s Civic Centre in Addlestone and another 30 have been installed at Spelthorne’s at Knowle Green, Staines.