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The idea of the Tories l loosing it to anything not right of centre would be even more earth shattering than Labour loosing a Valleys council to Plaid.
"These texts read, 'I'm advised that DCLG officials have been working on a solution and you will be contacting me to agree a memorandum of understanding.'"
"Will the government now publish this memorandum of understanding and, while they're about it, will all councils be offered the same deal?"
"But there was a second text from the Surrey County Council leader to Nick - and in the second text it says, 'The numbers you indicated are the numbers I understand are acceptable for me to accept and call off the R.'
"Now, I've been reading a bit of John le Carre and apparently R means referendum. It's very subtle all this."
"He goes on to say in his text to Nick 'If it is possible that info to be sent to myself, I can then revert back soonest, really want to kill this off.'I imagine frantic efforts on behalf of the Tories and thier media friends to avoid this becoming a fullblown scandal.
"So how much did the government offer Surrey to kill this off and is the same sweetheart deal on offer to every council facing the social care crisis created by this government?"
The council, and ministers, denied there had been any stitch-up.The Question is if it had been a council controlled by any other Party would the Tory Government even bother to appease them?
But hours later the government admitted they had agreed, in theory, that Surrey Council could, like several others, try out keeping all of the business rates they raised from 2018, which could plug the gaps in funding in future.
That change is due to be in force across England by 2020. Technically therefore, Surrey Council has not been offered any additional funding. But the prospect of more flexibility over their own income in future could help fill the council's coffers and seems to have eased some of their concerns.
But as a solution to easing the pressure on social care across the country now, the idea could fall far short.
Surrey may have caught the equivalent of a Cold due to the cuts, whilst some UK councils are in intensive care.
Yet when the former complain about their treatment it is they who get the extra medicine.