We have no alternative to seeking a 15 per cent Council Tax rise.
Posts by David Hodge
Leader of Surrey County Council and Chairman of the County Councils Network
We have lobbied the Chancellor hard and it’s achieved results.
Cllr David Hodge: For councils the well of efficiencies is drying up while the pressures on us continue to rise
No stone has been left unturned in the search for savings but demand in the social care system spirals.
We are embracing joint working with East Sussex – also with GPs, the police and colleges.
Devolution should not only take place to the cities.
There is no reason to limit devolution to a handful of urban areas.
Surrey’s residents contribute £6 billion annually to the national Exchequer and get back less than £1bn for services.
Scotland Decides 5) Cllr David Hodge: Devolution for England next? County councils should have more powers
Allow us the discretion to reform the way we arrange and fund services and we will offer the Exchequer an increased tax yield.
Councils are fighting the battle for growth with both hands tied behind our backs. Can someone in Whitehall free us from these shackles?