Finance, Investing in our schools

Surrey responds to Local Government Funding Settlement

In response to the Government’s announcement of next year’s funding settlement for councils David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Today’s funding settlement means we can just about keep essential services going in the short term but in the longer term government needs to recognise the enormous pressure we’re facing.

Surrey taxpayers contribute £6bn in income tax every year to the national exchequer yet government is short changing us to the tune of more than £215m to provide the 13,000 school places the county needs over the next five years.

I cannot sanction a situation where we have to borrow money to bridge this gap and leave the people of Surrey with hundreds of millions of pounds of debt for decades to come.

“The people of Surrey put more than enough into national coffers – they need to get a fair amount back.”  

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