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Surrey could face huge 15% council tax rise

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Surrey could face huge 15% council tax rise

Published at 11:07am 19th January 2017. (Updated at 12:46pm 20th January 2017)

Surrey County Council has announced plans to raise council tax by a whopping 15 per cent.

It is a significant rise that will hit the pockets of families throughout the county.

In order to get such a large increase through, the council must hold a referendum.

A date has been confirmed for May 4. 

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: "We have to set a budget that will protect vital services for Surrey residents.

"Government has cut our annual grant by £170m since 2010 - leaving a huge gap in our budget.

LISTEN: David Hodge is questioned by our News Editor Anthony Zahra

"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.

Surrey's Liberal Democrats have slammed the move, saying residents should not 'have to foot the bill for the Tory-run county council's financial mess'.

Councillor Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrat councillors on Surrey County Council, said: "Liberal Democrat councillors on Surrey County Council oppose this huge increase in council tax which would be the largest increase in the country and is nine-times the rate of inflation.

"A 15% increase would be unaffordable for many Surrey residents and would hit the elderly and those on fixed-incomes hardest.

"It would be quite wrong for the Tories to try and shift this funding problem onto Surrey residents."

A referendum will take place in May. 


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