Nov 062018
 

Faced with continuing demand on its two core services (Adult Social Care and Children’s services, which together account for 70% of it spend) combined with a reduction in funding from Central Government, the County Council is faced with the hard decision to focus on further reductions in the way it delivers services.

 

The Council therefore will be facilitating a programme of engagement and consultation on potential changes to services in five areas:

Children’s centres
Libraries and culture
Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
Community recycling centres
Concessionary travel funding

 

To illustrate some of the pressures facing the County Council, the number of residents who need support continues to rise each year. For example:

 

Surrey has more than 93,000 residents over sixty-fivewho can’t manage a domestic task on their own and this will rise by 36 per cent by 2030.
The Council also provides support to almost 28,000 children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
It is underfunded in the cost of looking after asylum seekers who enter Surrey.
These two services alone account for 74.7% of the total income received by the County Council.

 

Spending on services and staff have reduced by over £500m(since 2010) while faced with reductions in government grants of £200m over the same period has led the County Council to rely on Council tax receipts which alone cannot cover the ever-increasing rise in demand in statutory services.

 

Unlike Central Government, Local authorities are required by law to have a balanced budget. Given the reduction in funding and the growth in the core service demands, reluctantly leads to the conclusion that other ‘non-protected’ services will need to be re-examined to ensure that a balanced budget can be achieved.

 

The Surrey County Council website has a link to all the consultations www.Surreycc.gov.uk/consultations and where more detail that supports the principles behind the potential changes are set out.

 

 

 

 

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