Surrey Council to build 600 new care homes

Surrey County Council has unveiled plans to build 600 homes for older and disabled people within the next decade, in a bid to save £3 million annually.

The council estimates the move will save them around £4,600 annually per person on care or nursing home support and will help Surrey to address the rising demand for adult social care which is costing the council an extra £24 million this year.

The local authority has estimated that if all the projected homes were occupied by people under the council’s care, it would save nearly £2.8 million a year.

In return for a long lease, the developer would design, build and run the apartments with the council renting a share of the purpose-built properties.

Councillor Mel Few, the cabinet member for adult social care, commented: “Not only are these plans good for older and disabled people who want to stay in their own homes and familiar surroundings, they’re good for the council because we can stretch our budget further at a time when our finances are under severe strain from rising demand for services, including adult social care.”