Laura Sharman 19 January 2017

Council to hold referendum over 15% council tax increase

Council to hold referendum over 15% council tax increase image

Surrey County Council is to hold a referendum on increasing council tax by 15% in order to ‘protect vital services’.

Council leader, David Hodge, warned government cuts had left the council with a ‘huge’ gap in its budget.

‘Government has cut our annual grant by £170m since 2010 – leaving a huge gap in our budget,’ he said.

’Demand for adults social care, learning disabilities and children’s services is increasing every year.

‘So I regret, despite us finding £450m worth of savings from our annual budget, we have no choice but to propose this increase in council tax.’

Simon Bottery, director of policy at Independent Age, said the announcement shows how much funding councils need to meet the rising cost of adult social care.

He said: ‘It highlights the extent to which the cost of adequate personal care for frail and elderly people is becoming dependent on council tax payers. Relying ever more heavily on funds raised from council tax to cover what we know will be growing costs for social care just won't prove sustainable.

‘This demonstrates why we need the Prime Minister to urgently begin cross-party talks to put in place a long-term solution on health and care funding so that millions of older people can access the services they need now and in the future.’

Highways jobs

Senior Practitioner - Placement Finding Team

Essex County Council
£28500.0 - £50400.0 per annum
Senior Practitioner - Children and Young People Placement Service- Placement Finding Team Interviews to be held on the 10th September at County Hall, England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

People Information Analyst

Essex County Council
Up to £33330 per annum
Please note this is a fixed term contract role for a duration of 12 months. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local au England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Key stage Officer

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£32430 - £34794
Key Stage Education Officer (Secondary Phase) to work with children in our care, supporting them in classrooms and in their homes with their education SE18 6HQ
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
To act as the principal advocate for all aspects of advocacy legal work relating to the children’s social care in the county court and high court. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Business Support Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band C, SCP 5 - 8 (£18,795 - £19,945 per annum) pro rata (£9.74 - £10.34 per hour)
The successful candidate will provide administrative business support to service teams within Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing. The Lyng, Health & Social Care Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The June issue of Local Government News contains the full details of all the winning schemes in the 2019 Street Design Awards. From Children's Play to Pedestrian Environment, find out who has been recognised for their innovation and use of best practice.

This issue also explores how local government pension funds can hedge currency risk, how councils can best address the shortfall in school places, and an update on the number of authorities banning the use of Roundup over safety fears.

Register for your free magazine