Surrey Referendum 2017 (24th Jan 17 at 1:54pm UTC)
Surrey County Council has proposed a 15% increase in council tax for residents of Surrey. Meaning that Residents of Surrey could be paying up to an extra £190.24 a year towards their local tax. The increase in the council tax was to pay for adult health and social care services in Surrey. The local government states that adult health and social care are becoming more and more in demand even though £170m are being put towards adult care in Surrey and that these services are ”being brought to breaking point.”
In a statement, the Councillor and leader of Surrey County Council pointed changing financial support structures of the local services.
We are grateful that the government has provided some transitional relief this year and next to help smooth the effects of loss of grant. We still have a major task on our hand though, and we will have to increase the pace and scale of our efforts to secure greater efficiencies and value for our residents.”
The referendum will take place on Thursday 4th May 2017 at the same time as the county council elections, and therefore residents will be able to vote for if they want this change to happen. The reason for a referendum to is because the proposed council tax increase of 15% is more than the government’s 4.99%. It means that for an average band D property in Surrey the tax bill could reach as much as £1,268 a year.
The local government will consider the proposal on Tuesday 31st January if approved it will be then taken for the council members to consider on Tuesday 7th February, if they accept the proposal the referendum for the residents of Surrey is likely to be organised in May.