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Friday, 30 December 2016

Surrey County Council are alleged to be considering possible tax rise


Thousands of families in Surrey and across the country face council tax rises of up to 16% as Town Halls consider the hikes.

The move’s in response to the social care crisis, according to the Daily Mail.

Councils are preparing to hold a referendum on whether they can ignore a 5% cap on annual increases.

Surrey County Council is understood to be considering a vote on the rise, which would add £200 to annual bills.

The council’s unable to confirm for deny reports at this stage.

Surrey County Council statement

A Surrey County Council spokesman said: “Despite the Government’s announcement of some extra money for social care there remains huge financial pressure on Surrey County Council’s budgets but our focus remains on convincing ministers of the need to adequately fund essential services.

“We have been talking to ministers about the unfairness being meted out to the residents of Surrey when our funding for learning disability has been cut severely even though demand is going up, when funding for adult social care is failing to keep pace with rising demand and when our funding gap for Special Educational Needs continuous to rise.

“We trust that the Government will recognise that continuous annual cuts to Surrey’s funding while demand and costs continue to rise must stop and we are urging ministers to accept that they need to take appropriate action to address it.”
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