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Summary of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Meeting (22nd February 22)

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

Residential care homes in Surrey

Cabinet agreed with the recommendations outlined in a report on the future of the council’s residential care homes for older people.

The decision was made to close all eight of the homes on a phased basis by the end of 2024 and to investigate whether the sites can be redeveloped for alternative adult social care services.

The service will be working closely with residents and their families to ensure all moves are arranged sensitively and carefully. Nothing about the process will be rushed as the priority is to make sure that residents get the very best care.

The council wants to retain the skilled and dedicated staff within the homes so staff will be redeployed within other areas of the service or the wider council, or if this is not possible the council will offer to help them find work elsewhere.

The report highlighted that the condition of the buildings has become a concern, and emphasised the council’s commitment to modernising adult social care to support older people to live in their homes and communities for longer.

Introducing the report, Cabinet Member for Adults & Health Sinead Mooney said: “We need to think about the future and the type of services and opportunities we want to support the older people of Surrey now and into the future.

“We are committed to working with the NHS and private care providers to develop specialist facilities to support people who need intensive support, and as Surrey’s population grows and ages, ensure appropriate care is available to support people who have complex care needs.

“We are investing in more preventative services to help people stay healthy and happy in their local communities for longer and are committed to providing 725 extra care housing apartments by 2030, offering people their own front door with care and support always on hand.”

For people who need more intensive support, the council is working with partners to provide a wider choice of care which is geared towards meeting complex and high needs, and can be truly tailored to individuals.

This is all aimed at delivering our ambition that no one in Surrey is left behind. Find out more here.

The full report is available here.

Big Fostering Partnership

Cabinet agreed to join the Big Fostering Partnership.

In joining the partnership, the council aims to work in collaboration with other Local Authorities to enable more looked after children who are living in residential children’s homes to move to living with foster families.

This supports the council’s ambition to improve outcomes for looked after children, and to support more looked after children live in or closer to Surrey.

The full report is available here.

Procurement of Hydrogen Fuel Cell buses

Cabinet agreed to the procurement of 34 hydrogen fuel cell buses worth £16.4 million, which will be leased to the operator MetroBus. These will be for passengers in Horley, Redhill, Reigate and Epsom.

Metrobus has already placed an order for another 20 hydrogen buses, meaning there will be 54 in total. It will then put its existing low emission fleet on other routes covering Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, and Tandridge.

Currently, 46% of Surrey’s carbon emissions are from transport. Buying the buses will help create a greener and more sustainable transport network for residents, accelerating the introduction of ultra-low and zero emission buses in Surrey. This will also provide a real alternative to the car.

The full report is available here.

The full cabinet papers can be accessed here.

To watch a webcast of the meeting, please click here.

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