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Have your say and stand up for Sutton’s Future

Sutton is a great place to live, work and visit. From top performing schools, to award-winning green spaces, people in Sutton have every reason to be proud of their borough.

But by 2019 the borough will have lost 40 per cent of its government funding since 2010. This has meant we’ve had to make some tough decisions to reduce, change and in some cases stop services.

This is creating real pressure as our population grows and demand for local services increases. There simply isn’t enough money to fund all our local services.

Councils (of all political parties) across the country are increasingly asking the government to do more to help. Sutton needs money for better health and social care services, new schools, homes and improved public transport links.

That’s why we are asking you, readers of the Sutton Guardian, to help us secure Sutton’s Future and tell us what matters most to you.

Four years ago we started a campaign called Sutton’s Future which ran until 2016 and engaged more than 8,000 residents with the aim of making an unprecedented £74m of savings between 2010 and 2019.

This year we have relaunched Sutton’s Future in a renewed effort to raise awareness of the continued challenges we face.

What challenges face Sutton?

  • We need to save £93m by 2019/20

  • So far, with your help we have saved £75m since austerity began (between 2010/11 and 2017/18)

  • We still need to save £18m from the annual budget by 2020, and on top of this we have additional pressures such as providing more housing, preventing homelessness and helping more young people with Special Educational Needs.

  • There continue to be pressures on health and social services as a result of more demand from our ageing local population.

How can you help?

We need your help to make the hard decisions that are necessary to ensure we can maintain key services and Sutton remains a borough where we can all take part and take pride.

We are inviting all residents to take part in a Sutton’s Future Survey, to provide us with valuable feedback that will help shape how we best safeguard the services that matter most to you.

Over the next three weeks we’ll be running a series of roadshows across the borough where you can find out more about the campaign and tell us your views.

For more information and to have your say please visit www.sutton.gov.uk/suttonsfuture