Demand Pressures

Surrey County Council is facing enormous financial pressures driven by spiralling demand for services such as elderly care and school places.

Nearly £330 million has been saved from the council’s budget in the past five years but increased demand alone has accounted for nearly all of this.

With demand for services continuing to rise and savings becoming harder and harder to find, pressures include:

* Social care support costing an extra £20 million every year
* A shortfall of more than £30m this year and next to create the additional school places Surrey needs
* Spending an extra £10 to £14m annually for SEN support for around 500 Surrey children following government reforms
* Government funding for our roads dropping by around £1m annually despite the number of miles driven on them every year rising by 100 million since 2010.

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Profile of funding from Government grants and Council Tax, 2010/11 to 2015/16

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Profile of pressures and savings, 2010/11 to 2015/16

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Illustration of achieved and required savings by financial year

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Medium-term financial plan (2015-20) refresh: potential budget shortfall

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