South West Surrey Compass
Open Letter to Surrey County Council from South West Surrey Progressive Cross-Party Group
sent to Surrey Advertiser and Herald Series
Austerity is far from over. It is a political choice, not an economic necessity, and it is having severe consequences to those who need and depend upon our public services most in Surrey, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.
On 13th November Surrey County Council approved the cuts which are only now being put out to public consultation. Already, some Sure Start staff have been told when their centre will close and staff are seeking, or have found, new jobs. Many are cynical that any feedback from the consultation will have any impact on the decisions that are made. However, we would encourage all concerned residents to participate.
We are calling on Surrey County Council to:
guarantee complete transparency in the decision-making process on cuts;
make publicly available the full results of the questionnaire including comments;
demonstrate a measurable adjustment to the decisions it makes where there is a strong view on an issue.
The range of services where deep cuts are proposed include:
We have an opportunity to make our views known to Surrey County Council, but this must be done before the end date of Friday 4th January 2019. There are twelve drop-in sessions across Surrey in which help will be available in completing these questionnaires, The Godalming session is on Wednesday 12th December, 10am - 12pm at Wilfrid Noyce Community Centre (Wyatt Room) in Crown Court car park.
We would also urge all those concerned about the impact of austerity to support the ‘Save Our Services in Surrey (SOSIS)’ rally against the cuts starting at the Woking Borough Council Offices in Woking at 11am on Saturday 15th December (please refer to the website: www.sosis.org.uk) or via the link to the Facebook event with further details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/366308063912885/?ti=icl
Please make your views known and demand that they are respected and acted upon.