Surrey Council ditches 15% tax hike plan
Surrey Council has ditched its plan to hike council tax by 15% after talks with government ministers.
Rates are set to rise by almost 5% instead, the threshold above which the council must hold a local referendum on the increase.
David Hodge, the Conservative leader of the council, said the decision to backtrack was taken after ministers suggested Whitehall was drawing up proposals to help local authorities struggling to fund social care services.
He said: “The Government has listened and we believe the Government now understands.
“The Government has agreed the methodology for funding councils is flawed.
“I am reassured that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have got this now and I believe we will see a shift on this issue in the days and weeks to come.”
Mr Hodge added: “If there isn’t any progress in finding a solution to the adult social care crisis, our situation will become untenable and intolerable.”
The U-turn follows a Sunday Times survey which revealed that some of the country’s biggest councils are planning a 4.99% rise this year.