Nice one, Judith.
The Prime Minister
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
We are writing regarding funding arrangements for Conservative-run Surrey County Council. Specifically, the alleged reason behind David Hodge’s decision to drop a planned referendum on increasing council tax by 15 per cent to cover the severe shortfalls in social care, after apparently holding ‘several conversations’ with Whitehall figures.
It has been widely reported in leaked texts, sent by David Hodge supposedly intended for Nick King, Sajid Javid’s special advisor, that DCLG was working on a ‘Memorandum of Understanding.’
In response, as Leaders of Labour councils and council groups, we have a series of questions:
- Was a deal struck for Surrey County Council?
- If so, what are the details of the deal?
- Why was a special deal struck with Surrey behind closed doors?
- Does the Government finally recognise that local Government is grossly underfunded and is that why they have given…
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