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Report warns that Tory-run Surrey council could go bust

Killian worked for Croydon Council for a short while

Inside Croydon

All those residents in true blue wards to the south of the borough, who dream of the day when Coulsdon can declare their own little version of UDI and hitch themselves to a neighbouring council, might want to be careful what they wish for.

Surrey County Council could be the next large local authority to go bust, with a budget shortfall for the next financial year of nearly £100million, according to the findings of an independent report.

Croydon’s southern neighbours face an “unbridgeable budget gap in 2019-2020”, says the report into the council’s struggling finances.

Surrey County Council is Conservative-run. Over the past eight years, it has consistently received a better settlement from central government, per head of population, than many urban local authorities, including Croydon.

MPs in Surrey – all of them Tories – include cabinet “big beasts” Michael Gove, Jeremy Hunt, Philip Hammond and Chris Grayling.

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