Surrey County Council leader David Hodge outlined how local authorities are sweeping away the barriers to working together so they can do more for less at a briefing for Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis. Mr Hodge pointed to the work done at a regional level by the SE7 group and in the county through the Surrey First initiative as well as highlighting how Surrey is sharing services with East Sussex to drive down costs.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said: “It was great to sit down with the minister and show him first-hand the work we’re doing to share services, pool resources and work in partnership to ensure local taxpayers’ money goes further and residents get the very best services. We’d certainly like to extend this in the future to working more closely with central government.”
The seven local authorities involved in SE7 cover Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Hampshire, Brighton and Hove, and Medway. Each council focuses on a specific area of work. Surrey is responsible for highways, with other councils in charge of areas such as IT and special education needs.
Deputy leader Peter Martin also attended the meeting at County Hall.