Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

Please kindly provide a copy of the memorandum of understanding created by DCLG officials for Surrey County Council striking a financial/funding deal (between DCLG and Surrey County Council). Nick at DCLG knows all about it so if necessary you may want to refer to him.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson,
Journalist.

Despatch Box, Department for Communities and Local Government

                            
Our reference: 3163130             Information request

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for contacting us on 8 February 2017 requesting Please kindly
provide a copy of the memorandum of understanding created by DCLG
officials for Surrey County Council striking a financial/funding deal
(between DCLG and Surrey County Council). Nick at DCLG knows all about it
so if necessary you may want to refer to him.
 
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2000 and aim to send you a response by 8 March 2017.
 
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Yours faithfully
 
 
Andrew Lock
FoI Business Partner - Localism
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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

Ref 3163130

Further to my previous inquiry I would like to know about any records which show attempts by Surrey County Council gain a special settlement deal - even at the cost of all other UK councils.

In considering your response, please take into account the communications sent from David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council to MP Jonathan Lord - such as this one:

From David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council to MP Jonathan Lord
"I agree now is the time for collective action by Surrey MPs as I do not have the power to change a
system where central Government ties my hands and fails to support it largest Conservative Group in UK, only MPs can do this.

The time has come for local elected leader to be given responsibility to lead and set our own funding without interference from Central Government. After all that is why we have a Local Government .

David Hodge
Leader SCC"

Response from Jonathan Lord MP

Date 9 Jan 2017, at 23:30. LORD, Jonathan <[email address]> wrote:

"Dear David, (and MP colleagues)

I completely agree with what you say in both of those letters, David.

Colleagues - Sajid led me to understand before Christmas that he would be trying very hard indeed to find £30 or £40 million to help Surrey out with the worst of its (Government-dictated) financial dilemma. I am extremely unimpressed that he has not come up with the goods. If Saj was imprudent enough not to have £40m hidden under the Department sofa for just this sort of emergency/problem/'outlier' emerging from his Department's draft settlement, then I assume, if he is a man of his word, that he must have done his best to put a strong case to the Treasury...

If all his Loval Govt. Settlement money is really allocated...if the Treasury really is refusing to help out...and if he can't find a pot of money for the 'missing' Learning Disability grant...then Saj still has the option of adjusting all other Council settlements down very slightly in order to accommodate the £31m needed for Surrey - and I think he should be encouraged to do this. He needs to mitigate this dreadful overall settlement for Surrey - a real (and accepted) 'outlier' in the figures.

I'm keen to help in any way I can...do colleagues have very helpful thoughts/ideas/plans of attack?

Time is now very short indeed.

With best wishes.

Kind regards,
Jonathan

Jonathan Lord MP
Member of Parliament for Woking"

( Source https://d.pr/qwdJ )

Along with David Hodge's texts: source https://d.pr/aWc

If you state no information is on file then something is clearly wrong. The above communications are clear that there are attempts between David Hodge and Jonathan Lord MP to gain a special deal for Surrey County Council at the cost of all other UK councils.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson
Journalist.

Despatch Box, Department for Communities and Local Government

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Dear Sir/Madam
 
Thank you for your request for information concerning Please kindly
provide a copy of the memorandum of understanding created by DCLG
officials for Surrey County Council striking a financial/funding deal
(between DCLG and Surrey County Council). Nick at DCLG knows all about it
so if necessary you may want to refer to him..
 
Unfortunately I am unable to provide this information, because we do not
have it. I have attached my formal response which sets out the details.
 
Yours faithfully
 
Andrew Lock
FOI Business Partner
 
[1][email address]
 
 
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Dear Department for Communities and Local Government,

Thanks for the information you have been able to provide - this is most helpful.

Yours faithfully,

Lee Jefferson

Despatch Box, Department for Communities and Local Government

                            
Our reference: 3252560             Information request

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Dear ‎Mr Jefferson‏
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for contacting us on 9 March 2017.
Your request was:

Further to my previous inquiry I would like to know about any records
which show attempts by Surrey County Council gain a special settlement
deal - even at the cost of all other UK councils.

In considering your response, please take into account the communications
sent from David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council to MP Jonathan Lord
- such as this one:

From David Hodge, leader of Surrey County Council to MP Jonathan Lord

"I agree now is the time for collective action by Surrey MPs as I do not
have the power to change a

system where central Government ties my hands and fails to support it
largest Conservative Group in UK, only MPs can do this.

The time has come for local elected leader to be given responsibility to
lead and set our own funding without interference from Central Government.
After all that is why we have a Local Government .

David Hodge

Leader SCC"

Response from Jonathan Lord MP

Date 9 Jan 2017, at 23:30. LORD, Jonathan wrote:

"Dear David, (and MP colleagues)

I completely agree with what you say in both of those letters, David.

Colleagues - Sajid led me to understand before Christmas that he would be
trying very hard indeed to find £30 or £40 million to help Surrey out with
the worst of its (Government-dictated) financial dilemma. I am extremely
unimpressed that he has not come up with the goods. If Saj was imprudent
enough not to have £40m hidden under the Department sofa for just this
sort of emergency/problem/'outlier' emerging from his Department's draft
settlement, then I assume, if he is a man of his word, that he must have
done his best to put a strong case to the Treasury...

If all his Loval Govt. Settlement money is really allocated...if the
Treasury really is refusing to help out...and if he can't find a pot of
money for the 'missing' Learning Disability grant...then Saj still has the
option of adjusting all other Council settlements down very slightly in
order to accommodate the £31m needed for Surrey - and I think he should be
encouraged to do this. He needs to mitigate this dreadful overall
settlement for Surrey - a real (and accepted) 'outlier' in the figures.

I'm keen to help in any way I can...do colleagues have very helpful
thoughts/ideas/plans of attack?

Time is now very short indeed.

Jonathan Lord MP

If you state no information is on file then something is clearly wrong.
The above communications are clear that there are attempts between David
Hodge and Jonathan Lord MP to gain a special deal for Surrey County
Council at the cost of all other UK councils.
 
I will not be able to provide the information you need until your request
has been clarified. Please let me know by 20/06/2017.
 
I am writing to ask you to clarify your request. This is because we are
not certain that we have understood your request correctly. Therefore, in
light of our response to your previous request, 3163130, in which we made
reference to the published information at
[1]https://www..gov.uk/government/publicati...
do you still wish us to respond?
Yours sincerely
 
 
Ashwin Jolly
Deputy FOI Business Partner
 
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