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  • Woman sitting between two children on bench - rear view (Benjamin Manley on unsplash.com)
    Article: Mar 9, 2022

    Ofsted have published their latest inspection report into Surrey County Council's children's services and rated the Council's service as one that 'requires improvement to be good'

    The report notes that "Services are no longer inadequate, but despite accelerated improvements since 2018, overall progress has been slow since services were first judged inadequate in 2015."

  • Carla Morson at Abbeywood Residential Home
    Article: Feb 23, 2022

    Yesterday, Surrey County Council's Cabinet agreed to close eight residential care homes.

    Lib Dem Councillors have criticised the move which leaves the future of around 150 vulnerable residents in the balance with the risk they may end up being placed in accommodation further away from their family and paying more for the services they receive.

  • Will Forster - profile picture standing outside
    Article: Feb 14, 2022

    Lib Dems say budget fails residents:

    • People 'paying twice' for social care with both council tax and NI rises
    • £43 million on cuts planned in adult social care alone over the next 3 years
    • Tory Council sitting on £200 million in reserves

    The Lib Dems have slammed the Conservatives running Surrey County Council's budget as one that fails residents by making them 'pay twice' for social care reforms whilst mismanagement sees money wasted, services cut and £200 million held in reserves.

  • Paul Kennedy outside Guildford Police Station
    Article: Feb 7, 2022

    Lib Dem Councillors on the Surrey Police and Crime Panel have criticised the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for raising Council Tax and drawing on reserves to expand their own office's budget by 17% to £3.3 million a year, while Surrey Police will have to make do with 50 fewer frontline staff than they need to address performance issues.

  • Hands with mittens holding a white cup of coffee - Alex Padurariu @unsplash.com ()
    Article: Feb 4, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have set out a "cost of living rescue plan" that would save thousands of struggling families in Surrey nearly £1,000 this year.

    It comes after Ofgem announced a crippling rise to people's heating bills, with the energy price cap set to soar by 54% to £1,971 in April.

    Energy bills for homeowners in Surrey are forecast to soar by an estimated average of £697 per household in April, according to analysis by the Liberal Democrats. Meanwhile, broadband bills are set to rise by 9.3% with inflation at its highest rate in almost thirty years.