Thank you for sharing your views on the five consultations that we launched at the end of October. All five consultations have now closed.
We are carefully reviewing your feedback and this will help shape recommendations to be considered by Surrey County Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 29 January.
As many of you know the council is facing huge financial pressures. The number of residents needing our support – whether it is for learning disabilities or elderly care – is rising. But our core government grant has been cut by more than two hundred million pounds since 2010. We have worked hard to find more than half a billion pounds of savings in areas which have the least impact, but the challenge is getting harder.
After talking to our residents and the partners we work with, such as borough and district councils, the voluntary sector and businesses, we launched a new community vision for Surrey in 2030. The aim is to transform the support provided by all of us to residents and communities, but to get there Surrey County Council needs to take some very difficult decisions.
Over the next year we need to save a further £85m which means we will have to make changes to some services. The areas that we have consulted on are Children's Centres, Concessionary Bus Travel, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Libraries and Cultural Services and Community Recycling Centres.
Please check here for further updates following the Cabinet meeting.