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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

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: Young people urged to apply for highways roles after impressing on trial scheme

A trial scheme to arm vulnerable young people with the skills to launch a highways career proved so successful that all six have been asked to apply for apprenticeships or jobs. Among those successfully completing the course, which included training on machinery and team building exercises, were people classed as NEET – not in employment, education … Continue reading

Surrey set to get new complex for people with severe learning disabilities

A new complex for people with severe learning disabilities is set to be built after Surrey County Council signed off plans to buy a former farm. The Cabinet today gave the go-ahead to purchase the property at Alfold, near Cranleigh, to convert it into accommodation for up to 10 young adults. It comes after the … Continue reading

Roadshow marks Learning Disability Week

A roadshow highlighting how the county council helps vulnerable adults lead more independent lives rolled out to towns across Surrey to celebrate Learning Disability Week as new figures revealed the authority has helped nearly 100 disabled people find work since April. Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Mel Few, said: “Supporting the … Continue reading

Work achievements of people with disabilities celebrated

Nearly 430 people with disabilities were helped to find work in the past year through a Surrey County Council initiative. EmployAbility secured paid employment, voluntary work or a work experience role for 426 people in the last financial year. It also continued to help nearly 600 people in their jobs. The news follows an awards … Continue reading

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