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Savings of £170,000 a day add up to £62 million in year

Surrey County Council is set to confirm savings of nearly £170,000 every day for a year.

Annual figures are due to reveal that the council saved £62 million for taxpayers in the last financial year, propelling the total since 2010 to almost £260m.

That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s project to completely overhaul more than 300 miles of road two-and-a-half times over.

Surrey plans to find another £250m of savings in the next five years as it continues to face the challenge of falling funding and rising demand for services.

At the start of the year leader David Hodge pledged to work week in, week out to make savings and unveiled a document highlighting more than 50 ways the council had worked to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of services.

Mr Hodge said: “By doing things more efficiently and working with other organisations as one team we’re ensuring taxpayers’ money stretches further while continuing to provide excellent services to Surrey’s residents.

“Saving £62m in one year – at a rate of almost £170,000 a day – bears testament to that and we’ll continue finding innovative ways to do more for less at a time when demand for our services is rising and funding is falling.”

The authority has joined forces with emergency services, health organisations and other councils in Surrey and Sussex to transform public services through closer working.

It is also part of the South East 7 group of councils working to improve services and cut costs and is a member of the Surrey Future partnership formed to stimulate economic growth.

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