Statement on Woking Borough Council

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities wrote to Woking Borough Council yesterday, outlining the need for an external review into the council’s finances due to high levels of debt.

Leader of Surrey County Council, Tim Oliver said: “Surrey County Council has agreed to work closely with Woking Borough Council on this review and to support them in the coming months to develop a sustainable and deliverable improvement plan.

“The residents of Surrey are our primary focus and, as we have demonstrated before, we will always do everything we can to help our fellow Surrey local authorities to protect the services our residents rely on.”

While the government review is undertaken Cllr Ayesha Azad, who led Woking Borough Council from October 2020 to May 2022, has decided to step down from Surrey County Council’s Cabinet.

Cllr Azad was appointed to Surrey County Council’s Cabinet last month (SEPT 2022).

Cllr Oliver added: “I have discussed this matter with Cllr Azad and in light of her recent role in Woking and a potential conflict in the light of the support being provided by SCC, she has decided to step aside from her cabinet position while this review takes place,” he added.

The Leader of the Council will take on the finance role in the interim.


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