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Rising demand and pressures on council services discussed at meeting with Surrey MPs

Surrey MPs (from left) Sam Gyimah (East Surrey), Anne Milton (Guildford), Chris Grayling (Epsom and Ewell) and Crispin Blunt (Reigate) with deputy leader Peter Martin (third from right) and Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Helyn Clack. Not pictured Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton)

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was among five Surrey MPs to visit deputy leader Peter Martin today for a briefing on county council issues, including rising demand for adult social care services.

The Epsom and Ewell MP was joined at County Hall by Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah (East Surrey), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton) and Anne Milton (Guildford).

They heard about rising demand across council services, which means an extra £24 million a year needs to be spent on adult social care alone.

Mr Martin also discussed the benefits of providing Surrey, alongside East and West Sussex, with more devolved powers and freedoms.

He said: “Surrey has three Cabinet members in the government so it’s important to have a close relationship with them and all the county’s MPs.

“That includes acting as a key link to local government, whether it means setting out the benefits of devolution for residents and businesses or highlighting the mounting pressures being placed on our budgets by growing demand for adult social care.”

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