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Updated: County to hold 15% tax referendum

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Surrey CC is to hold a referendum on raising council tax by 15% in 2017-18.

Explaining the decision, council leader David Hodge (Con) said a cut in government grant of £170m since 2010 had left a “huge gap” in the budget.

He said: “We have to set a budget that will protect vital services for Surrey residents. 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.”

The 15% increase includes the full 3% social care precept permitted next year.

Cabinet is due to formalise the proposal on 31 January and it will be considered by full council on 7 February.

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