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Surrey’s transformation plans have already expanded beyond county boundaries, and its current proposals are expected to extend into other services areas before long

Partners in Surrey have a shared ambition to transform services and outcomes for Surrey residents, improving quality of life.

Across the public sector, services will shift from providing reactive and often high cost services towards prevention and earlier intervention underpinned by effective enforcement as necessary.

Services will cost less, provide better outcomes and thereby deliver better value for money.

This will be achieved through a joint commitment to transcend organisational boundaries and integrate services in a way that drives improvement across the whole area.

Services will be organised to be more responsive to the needs of residents.

Surrey and its partners intend to develop business cases in five areas:

  • Emergency services collaboration.
  • Extending the family support programme.
  • Dementia friendly Surrey.
  • Better use of public sector assets.
  • Young people’s participation and skills for employment.

As is to be expected with a complex partnership programme, some strands have developed at a quicker pace than others.

In the case of Surrey’s emergency services collaboration, the potential scope has been widened after police forces and fire services in Sussex expressed an interest in joining the project.

As the programme develops it is likely that other areas where the council and partners working together can transform services will be included in order to take full advantage of the programme support offer.

The key next steps will be to develop a detailed cost-benefit analysis with partners for each of the strands, based on detailed proposals for significant service redesign.

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