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Interim Director of Finance appointed

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

VIDEO: Surrey leader announces proposed council tax increase

Surrey County Council has announced its proposed council tax increase for next year.

Surrey councils successful in bid for Business Rate Retention pilot

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

Drive to build more pothole-proof roads on course to save nearly £14 million

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 on track to save more than £150m from striking better deals

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

VIDEO: Difficult decisions lie ahead – Surrey leader

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.

VIDEO: Cabinet unanimously approves plans for 15% council tax rise

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.

Demand for highest levels of social care soars by more than 50%

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, announces proposal to seek a council tax rise of 15%

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

VIDEO: Council “simply can’t cope” with scale of funding cuts – Surrey leader

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

VIDEO: Tens of millions of learning disability funding “wiped clean off our books” – leader

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.

VIDEO: Leader calls on MPs to help avert “damaging cuts”

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

VIDEO: Surrey leader on successes, challenges and opportunities

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.

VIDEO: Surrey faces overspending as demand and cost pressures grow

Deputy leader Peter Martin has warned that increasing demand and cost pressures for key services like adult social care mean Surrey County Council is set to overspend by £6 million this year despite making savings of as much as £76m.

Telegraph features letter from Mel Few about rising adult social care demand

A letter from Cabinet Member Mel Few explaining how rising demand for adult social care services is putting enormous pressure on Surrey County Council’s finances has been published by the Daily Telegraph (sixth in the list). It comes after analysis of Office for National Statistics data revealed that more than £1 million extra a week could be spent … Continue reading

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