Today’s Queen’s Speech was a shot in the arm for Surrey County Council according to leader David Hodge, who says the government’s vision matches his own in many ways.
He said: “Last week the Surrey public gave us a vote of confidence for the work we’re doing and that was echoed when the government’s plans were set out by the Queen. Our work already focuses on care for the vulnerable, apprenticeships and economic growth and these will continue to be key priorities for the council over the next four years.
“We’ve already embarked on a revolutionary road improvement programme, undertaken the biggest expansion of schools the county’s ever seen and found innovative ways to provide better, more efficient services as we move towards saving nearly £280m from our budget. In the coming weeks, we’ll be making further announcements about our future plans based on what we’ve heard from residents in the past month or so.”
Key things the council is doing:
- Overhauling more than 300 miles of roads as part of a £100m investment project called Operation Horizon
- Creating 12,000 school places – with an investment of around a quarter of a billion pounds
- Boosting 500 teenagers’ job prospects this year through apprenticeships and trainee roles
- Playing a key role in the Surrey Future group of councils and businesses to boost infrastructure supporting economic growth
- Investing £10 million in projects over five years to help older people stay longer in their own homes, including telecare
- Making total savings of £279m by 2016 from its budget.