Lib Dems reject Council budget that puts vulnerable residents at risk

February 4, 2020 10:29 PM
By Cllr Will Forster
Originally published by Woking Liberal Democrats

Earlier today, Lib Dem County Councillors voted against Surrey County Council's proposed budget for 2020/21 as it would put services to vulnerable residents at further risk.

Will Forster, Lib Dem County Councillor for Woking South, said:

"Almost every day I hear from families struggling with their child's SEND needs or trying to get care packages for elderly relatives. The County Council rations these services for vulnerable people and this budget makes that worse."

"At today's Full Council meeting, we voiced our concerns that further planned cuts in social care, SEND and other essential services would cause further distress to families already having to cope with reduced services in those areas. I think the County Council bears a heavy burden of responsibility to ensure the most vulnerable are most cherished and safest."

"We also questioned the reasoning behind requiring the fire service to save an additional £1.5 million, when it is striving to recruit sufficient officers to achieve target response times."

"The Council's budget will result in more for less - more Council Tax thanks to a 3.99% rise and fewer services, especially for those that need help the most."