Financial crisis worsens at County Hall as Tories ask Surrey residents to pay more for less
Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have criticised the Conservative-administration for budget proposals containing £54m of further cuts to services and a 6% council tax rise. The budget recommendations will be approved by the Council's Conservative Cabinet on Tuesday 30th January, and then by the County Council on Tuesday 6th February.
Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said today:
Government tells County Council - you must be more open about "secret" property deals
The Government has published proposals calling on Local Authorities, including Surrey County Council, to be more open and transparent about their purchases of commercial properties for investment purposes.
Norman Lamb responds to call for NHS Royal Commission
Responding to calls for a Royal Commission on the NHS from Lord Saatchi today, former Health Minister Norman Lamb said: “Liberal Democrats have long called for a cross party NHS and Care Convention, bringing together stakeholders from across the political spectrum, along with staff, patient groups and members of the public to look at how we can tackle the funding and workforce pressures on the service in the long term.