Surrey County Council is launching five consultations as part of its transformation plans and to tackle the financial pressures facing the authority. Context: The authority is facing huge financial pressures due to reducing government grant despite growing demand for children’s and adult care services. Despite saving £540m from its annual budget since 2010 the pressures … Continue reading
Following the publication of a review of the county council’s finance function by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Surrey leader David Hodge said: “It’s well known that local government budgets across the country are under severe pressure. However we have a duty to ensure the council remains as financially sound as … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has appointed Leigh Whitehouse as its Interim Director of Finance. Mr Whitehouse, pictured, is currently Interim Director for Finance and Corporate Services at the London Borough of Bexley and will join Surrey on 3 September subject to formal confirmation of his appointment as Section 151 officer at council in October. David Hodge, … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has announced its proposed council tax increase for next year.
Statement on behalf of the county council and all borough and district councils in Surrey: “The Government’s announcement that Surrey’s councils have been successful in their bid to be a business rate retention pilot area is good news. The extra funding will help us to continue providing services in the face of rising demand but … Continue reading
A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof is also on course to save local taxpayers nearly £14 million – enough to overhaul almost 30 miles for free. The first three years of the project to reconstruct hundreds of miles of roads, which started in 2013, saved nearly £11.4m through striking better deals and improved … Continue reading
Surrey County Council is on track to save local taxpayers more than £150 million since 2010 at a rate of almost £60,000 every day through striking better deals. Annual figures are set to show savings from negotiating better contracts of £14 million for the 2016/17 financial year when it ends this month. Reaching that sum … Continue reading
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told today’s Cabinet meeting that finding savings of £123 million over the next year means difficult decisions lie ahead.
Members of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet today unanimously approved a proposal to increase council tax by 15%. The Cabinet’s recommendation will now be considered at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 7 February.
With two-thirds of the council’s spending going on the wellbeing of adults and children, it has been revealed that the number of older people in Surrey needing the highest levels of care from the council soared by more than 50% in five years. In 2011, 240 people aged over 65 received help from the authority for … Continue reading
David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, has announced a proposal to seek a council tax rise of 15%. He said: “We have to set a budget that will protect vital services for Surrey residents. “Government has cut our annual grant by £170m since 2010 – leaving a huge gap in our budget. “Demand for … Continue reading
Leader David Hodge told a meeting of today’s Cabinet that Surrey County Council “simply can’t cope” with the scale of funding cuts at the same time as helping the vulnerable and providing extra school places. He warned that without extra support from the government the council faces making “difficult decisions” to ensure it continues to deliver … Continue reading
Tens of millions of pounds to provide support for people with a learning disability have been “wiped clean off our books”, Surrey leader David Hodge told today’s Full Council meeting.
Schemes to cut congestion at one of Surrey’s busiest roundabouts and expand a secondary school have been delayed after leader David Hodge urged MPs to help the county council “avoid damaging cuts”. The Cabinet put decisions about investing in improvements at Runnymede Roundabout and 250 extra places at Salesian School in Chertsey on hold until … Continue reading
David Hodge used today’s Full Council meeting to talk about the successes of his five years as Surrey County Council’s leader, the challenges the authority faces and the opportunities for health and social care services.