Surrey 2017 Manifesto

Our 6 Key aims for Surrey County Council

Social Care

  • We will fully support and fund social care to provide you with a decent service in your old age.
  • We will campaign for centrally funded, locally delivered social care that is integrated with the NHS.

Buses

  • We will ensure bus stops display reliable information and increase passenger representation in the procurement of bus services.
  • We will include not for profit companies to deliver bus services and reduce the cost of travel.
  • We will apply the Social Value Act to all new bus contracts – buses working for people not profits!

Education

  • We will facilitate an increase in school places without increasing the class size beyond 30 children.
  • We will reintroduce the education maintenance allowance to encourage students and young people from less privileged backgrounds to continue in education without causing additional hardship to their families
  • We will reverse  all policies that undermine teaching professionals or redistribute funding
  • We will oppose selective education and the introduction of new Grammar schools

Roads

  • We will invest in maintaining and improving the quality of Surrey’s roads to reduce the number of potholes, increase the speed of repairs and improve drainage. 
  • We will break the monopoly of Kier that maintains our roads and offers such poor value for money.
  • We will improve pavements and make sure there is a coherent approach to planning for road and highway maintenance.

Safety and Security

  • We will protect our children with a traffic light outside St Joseph’s school.
  • We will stop switching off Surrey's street lights and hold a proper consultation to determine what you want, putting your concerns and needs first.
  •  We will stop further cuts to Fire and Rescue services and work with them to ensure they are fully equipped to protect our homes and lives.

Newlands Corner

  • We are opposing the introduction of parking charges to Newlands Corner

 

Our aims are underpinned by solid financial management

We will:

  • Reduce the cost of democracy.
  • Reduce the tiers of local government and overpaid staff.
  • Provide savings through efficiencies not cutting of services.
  • Reverse the council allowance rises. Councillors are the public’s servants, they are not our council tax beneficiaries.
  • Hold all Surrey County suppliers to account. If they wish to break contracts and stop providing services, they should be penalised, not offered more money to continue running poor services.
  • Invest in businesses and assets to provide revenue streams besides the council tax and reduce the financial burden on you.
  • Give you a real say in the services you use and where efficiencies should be made.
  • Be transparent about how your money is spent.

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