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.
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
More than £1 million extra a week could be spent by Surrey County Council within 20 years on care for over-65s. Office for National Statistics figures reveal the number of people living past 65 is expected to rise 107,000 to 328,000 by 2036. Analysis of the data shows that of those an extra 2,600 over-65s … Continue reading
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was among five Surrey MPs to visit deputy leader Peter Martin today for a briefing on county council issues, including rising demand for adult social care services. The Epsom and Ewell MP was joined at County Hall by Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah (East Surrey), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Dominic Raab (Esher and … Continue reading
Patients discharged from all Surrey’s hospitals will get help at home seven days a week after Surrey County Council sealed two new deals. Contracts have been awarded to the British Red Cross and Home Group to help people settle in at home after being discharged from hospital and reduce the chances of them being readmitted. … Continue reading
Fifteen bids have been lodged for a share of a new £1 million fund to spruce up local shopping parades and village centres. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge launched the fund in April to help improve areas around convenience shops, newsagents, cafes and other stores people use daily. Now projects across Surrey worth more than … Continue reading
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told today’s meeting of Full Council that addressing budget pressures will be his “number one challenge” over the coming years as demand for services like adult social care and school places continues to spiral.
Minister opens new dementia centre Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove cut the ribbon at a new centre in Surrey to help people with dementia. Surrey Heath’s MP opened the Windle Valley Day Centre in Bagshot, which will provide support and advice for those with the condition and carers. It is the ninth centre … Continue reading
Leader David Hodge used a Full Council meeting today to herald savings and call on the government to recognise spiralling demand for adult social care and school places while also emphasising the need to devolve more services for the benefit of Surrey’s residents.
A small army of Surrey County Council staff is primed to work around the clock to ensure vulnerable people stay safe as temperatures soar. With heatwave conditions forecast for this week hundreds of social workers and care staff are standing by to make extra calls and visits to frail and older people across Surrey. Residents … Continue reading
Caption: A team of 45 Adult Social Care workers in Epsom have shown the spirit of Christmas by coming together to buy a number of gifts for children. The 65 presents were delivered to the town’s food bank in Ruxley Lane along with 30 chocolate selection boxes and two black bin bags of donated food. … Continue reading
Surrey Heritage showcases Chertsey’s history Well over 250 people filled Chertsey Hall on Saturday, 25 October when Surrey County Council’s Heritage team and 15 partner organisations came together to showcase the fascinating history and heritage of the Chertsey area. The event included popular talks including Henry VI and Richard III’s association with Chertsey Abbey. Radio … Continue reading
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has received national recognition for a project to keep vulnerable people safe in their homes. The service won the Fire & Rescue Project of the Year at the at the annual Improvement and Efficiency Awards together with Surrey County Council’s adult social care team. The project aims to provide fire … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Assistant Director for Policy and Strategy John Woods participated in a national debate organised by the Guardian about reform of the adult social care system after the introduction of a cap on an individual’s care costs and new legal rights for carers were promised in the Queen’s Speech last month.
Ben Unsworth, Surrey County Council senior performance and research manager, has taken part in a debate organised by the Guardian about harnessing technology to improve social care services.