Surrey has one of the highest council tax charges in the UK and Councillors have voted to further increase it by a 4.99% rise this April.
Surrey County Councillors are paid nearly £2 million a year and have awarded themselves 58% pay rises and they pay the Surrey County CEO almost twice as much as the Prime Minister. They have created a top heavy administration with 11 districts councils, 11 CEOs and dozens of high ranking staff. This has to stop.
While spending this money on themselves they have run a huge deficit and have failed to deliver proper services to Surrey residents.
In the county council's very own survey just 39% of Surrey residents believe it is providing "value for money". The most recent Surrey Residents' Survey, the council's quarterly resident opinion survey of 1,650 residents across Surrey, also showed that only 40% were satisfied with services for older people, 33% were satisfied with road maintenance, 38% were satisfied with the places provided for young people to meet and 33% were satisfied with services for people with disabilities.
We will reduce the tiers of local government and overpaid staff. We will provide savings through efficiencies not cutting of services.
We will reverse the council allowance rises. Councillors are the public’s servants, they are not our council tax beneficiaries.
We will invest in businesses and assets to provide revenue streams besides the council tax and reduce the financial burden on you.
We will give you a real say in the services you use and where efficiencies should be made.
We will be transparent on how your money is spent.