Surrey County Council Cabinet Member Michael Gosling joined leading figures at an event looking at how to tackle an ageing population.
The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health emphasised the need to take a more integrated approach to providing health and social care.
Mr Gosling chaired the discussion organised by the South East England Councils that also featured Guildford MP Anne Milton, the Alzheimer’s Society, the South East England Forum on Ageing and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.
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More than 194,000 people in Surrey are aged over 65 – around 17% of the population – and it is estimated this figure will rise to 242,000 by 2021.
The county council currently spends more than £330m a year in total to provide adult social care to nearly 30,000 people.
Next April it will take responsibility for public health as part of changes to the NHS that will also see GPs put in charge of buying in NHS services. New health and wellbeing boards will link up the two.
Mr Gosling, who is the joint chair of Surrey’s health and wellbeing board, said: “Supporting vulnerable people is at the core of what we do and the ageing population means health and social care will need to work even more closely together in the future.
“We’ve already taken great strides towards this in Surrey. NHS public health staff transferred to the council in April so we’re ready to hit the ground running next year and since our health and wellbeing board was launched 18 months ago we’ve been working hard to strengthen the relationships for the benefit of communities.”