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Summary of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Meeting (30th November 21)

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet met this week and the important announcements are summarised below:

Budget 2022/23

Cabinet approved the draft 2022/23 budget paper.

In terms of day-to-day spending, the budget breakdown is as follows:

  • Adult Social Care takes up 39% of our budget
  • Children’s Services 24%
  • Environment/Transport/Infrastructure 14%
  • Community Protection 4%
  • Public Health 3%
  • Customer Services 1%
  • Economic Growth 0.2%
  • Comms 0.2%
  • HR 0.6%
  • Resources 7%
  • Income/expenditure 7%

The paper also sets out an ambitious £1.9bn ‘capital programme’ of investment including:

  • Highways resurfacing
  • Extra school places
  • The River Thames Scheme and other flood alleviation projects
  • Low-emission buses
  • Over £300m to help tackle climate change.

For more information and a survey on the budget, see here.

The full report is available here.

Child poverty

Cabinet agreed to a strategic response to child poverty.

A report will go to Council in December and include recommendations on how to support families to get out of financial distress for the long term.

By tackling the root causes of poverty, the council can go beyond mitigations and help every child thrive in Surrey. This is a fundamental part of the council’s overriding ambition to ensure no one is left behind in Surrey.

The full report is available here.

Children’s residential homes

Cabinet agreed to transforming children’s homes to ensure children receive the best possible care that is appropriate for their needs, whilst remaining close to their families and communities.

Children deserve high-quality homes that meet different needs and have the right staff to support young people.

The full report is available here.

Libraries

Cabinet committed to investing in all 52 of Surrey’s libraries in order to modernise the county’s library estate.

A five-year modernisation plan will be developed for libraries across the county, with all 52 set to remain at the heart of their local communities.

The full report is available here.

Your Fund Surrey

Cabinet approved funding for the biggest Your Fund Surrey project to date.

Over £500k from the fund will be allocated towards the construction of a community shop and café located in Normandy, Surrey.

The full report is available here.

Services for older people

Cabinet discussed a new strategy for supporting older people in Surrey age well and live as independently as possible. Hundreds of people – residents, unpaid carers, staff, partners and providers – helped shape the nine-year plan.

The strategy has 3 focus areas:

  • Support people to stay healthy and happy to prevent their needs escalating, where possible.
  • Enable people to carry on living at home as long as they can, with care and support.
  • Ensure intensive support in care homes is tailored to needs.

The full report is available here.

Supported housing for people with mental health needs

Cabinet discussed plans to provide supported housing for people with mental health needs, which would see skilled staff be available to give support as needed.

For some the housing would be a permanent base. Others may stay for a shorter time, to avoid hospital admission or homelessness, or until they are well enough to live independently.

Suitable sites are now being sought in Surrey.

Mental health is a priority for Surrey, especially during these difficult times. If things are getting on top of you, visit here to find out more about support available in the county.

The full report is available here.

School admission process

Cabinet agreed for the council to run the school admission process the same as this year, but with key dates updated for 2022/23.

The full report is available here.

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