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It has emerged that Conservative Run Surrey County Council supressed a damning assessment of the financial health of the Council conducted by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The report cost the council £25,000 and was commissioned in December, but was only released to councillors on March 21st, six weeks after the budget decision.
Caterham Valley and Whyteleafe Liberal Democrats have unanimously selected Caterham Valley resident David Lee to stand in the upcoming County Council seat for the Caterham Valley and Whyteleafe Division. This seat is vacant as the sitting Tory is retiring.
Liberal Democrat county councillors are calling for the release of an "invisible" report, for which the Conservative administration at County Hall paid nearly £25,000.
The report was quoted in the papers for the council's budget meeting on 7th February and relates to a "financial resilience review" which was carried out in November 2016 by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) at the request of the Leader of the Council, and cost £24,500.
Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have called for the Leader of the Council, Councillor David Hodge, to resign or face a motion of "No Confidence" following the release of emails last night which revealed he had written to the Prime Minister asking for more cash "so that Surrey will continue to be a heartland for the Conservatives". In another email he bemoaned the fact that the Conservative Government "ties my hands and fails to support...(the)...largest Conservative group in the UK".
Liberal Democrat County Councillors have expressed their concern as new figures were released that reveal poor levels of public satisfaction with Conservative-run Surrey County Council.
According to the latest figures from the county council's own survey, just 39% of residents agreed that the county council provided value for money. The poor figures follow the Tory-run council's decision to cancel a 15% council tax rise after a public outcry from Surrey residents.