Tories U-turn on 15% Council Tax rise thanks to residents pressure
The leader of Conservative run Surrey County Council made a spectacular U-turn yesterday abandoning plans to hold a referendum to increase council tax by 15% because of Lib Dem and resident pressure.
David Hodge, Leader of the Council and County Councillor for Warlingham said that he is prepared to “take a risk” with the people who need adult social care. He is confident that a solution to the funding crisis will be found but added no detail.
David Lee says, “The Conservatives seems to be flailing from one self-induced crisis to another. Only a few weeks ago we were told that there would be a referendum on a proposed 15% hike with £93million of unspecified cuts, then 20 minutes before the decision the Conservatives suddenly u-turn. Now Surrey will increase tax by 4.99% at the same time slash budgets by £123million in deeper and harsher unspecified cuts. Do they know what they are doing?”
John Orrick says "the Tories are blaming a Tory government for the situation they are in. East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah voted for a 24.6% cut in local government funding last year. Now we can see what his action means"
Chris Botten says "We do not know where the Surrey Tories’ cuts will fall. Roads and Potholes? Libraries? Streetlights are already being turned off. Will it fall on the vital Health and Social care budget?"
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb is leading a cross party campaign to secure Health and Social Care funding nationally. Protecting our Health and Social Care funding will protect our NHS. East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah has so far refused to join this campaign. David Lee says, “Sam firstly voted to decimate Surrey’s budget endangering the most vulnerable in our community and now he is still refusing to work across party lines to help fix it. His actions are putting the lives of local vulnerable people at risk”