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
Elderly, disabled and seriously ill loved ones will get more help and support under planned county council contracts to help Surrey’s “unsung heroes”. The county council and Surrey’s six clinical commissioning groups are preparing to sign contracts to give carers breaks to recharge the batteries and provide help with their physical and emotional needs. Doing … Continue reading
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
A feature published in today’s Guardian highlighted the severe strain being put on Surrey County Council’s budgets by ever-growing demand for services for older and disabled people. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few told the newspaper that it meant the council needed to spend an additional £24 million annually.
Life expectancy for men and women in Surrey is soaring, new official figures reveal. Men reaching the age of 65 in Surrey can expect to live another 20 years, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) covering 2012 to 2014. That is three years longer than males who reached that age just over a … Continue reading
More than 1,200 vulnerable people in Surrey have been handed free smoke alarms in a drive to help keep them safe in their own homes. The fire detectors have been fitted in homes in under a year as part of a joint initiative between Surrey County Council and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. Those who … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Adult Social Care Sarah Mitchell has taken part in a national debate organised by the Guardian focusing on helping older people as the country’s population ages. As part of the online session, she highlighted Surrey’s work to get people involved in shaping their support, sharing premises with boroughs and districts to … Continue reading