New draft plan to support Surrey’s Disabled residents

30th September 2022

Surrey County Council’s new draft Physical Disability and Sensory Impairment Strategy plans how we will support adults with a disability, looking at how support needs change and develop to facilitate disabled people to fulfil their aspirations.

The strategy was coproduced with Surrey Coalition of Disabled People and those with lived experience. An important part of the co-production was to learn lessons from what works well and explore how this can be built on, and to identify gaps and/or changes in support required. Making changes at a local level will demand a culture shift across all sectors – statutory, voluntary, community and commercial.

The strategy identifies priorities to deliver the vision of services that people with physical and/or sensory impairment want and makes commitments as to action the Council will take to address them. The six key themes are:

  • Community inclusion – relating to support and facilities and facilitating welcoming and accessible neighbourhoods, communities, and employers
  • Establish an effective approach to securing improved accommodation: new housing options, access to aids and adaptations, access to social housing.
  • Ensure our direct payments offer acts as a constructive way to maximizes choice, control and independence
  • Establish workforce development initiatives that support practitioners to work in partnership with people regarding their support and reflect best practice.
  • Ensure carers of disabled people have access to the support they need and recognise them as expert partners in care
  • Partnership work with NHS colleagues to improve care pathways and achieve better health outcomes for residents

The full strategy can be found on the Surrey County Council website along with an easy read overview of the strategy.

Please review the strategy and send any comments by the 9 October to:


Phone: 0300 200 1005

SMS: 07527 182 861