Following Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said:
“The Government is right to prioritise growth-boosting measures such as infrastructure and help for small businesses.
“Good road schemes, such as the recently announced M3 widening in Surrey, help businesses run more efficiently and create jobs and just like the Government we’re working hard to improve our roads.
“Small businesses are the bedrock of every community and we must do all we can to help them because if they thrive, we all thrive.
“These announcements are particularly welcome because they come at a tough time economically.
“The county council faces enormous pressure on its budgets for elderly care, school places and other services. However, the truth is Surrey packs one of the country’s biggest economic punches and its success generates billions of pounds every year.
“I would be happy to sit down with the Chancellor to discuss the merits of the Government matching the county council’s investment pound for pound so that together we can drive the economic recovery and help the whole country prosper.”
The council has:
- Invested in a new road bridge over the Thames at Walton
- Put an extra £2m into local road schemes
- Pledged to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services is with local businesses
- Sealed a superfast broadband deal to make Surrey the UK’s best connected county to help firms do business online.