Opposition councillors at Surrey County Council have welcomed the Chancellor's promise of £1bn towards social care funding across the UK - but it is still unclear how this will affect Surrey.

Surrey leader David Hodge caused uproar in January after announcing plans to hike council tax by 15 per cent - what would have been the largest in the country and would have triggered a county-wide referendum.

Last month, Cllr Hodge U-turned on the decision minutes before a vote was due to take place after a "gentleman's agreement" with those in central government.

Hazel Watson, leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition at the council, said the pledged funding of £1bn by Chancellor and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond in today's Budget "does not go far enough to tackle" the shortfall.

She said: "I welcome the £1bn of new money towards plugging the gap in social care funding but I am concerned that this does not go far enough to tackle the funding shortfall.

"The Liberal Democrats had called for an extra £2bn of funding for adult social care in 2017/18 in order to tackle the national crisis in adult social care.

"The government has only allocated half of what is needed and so I fear that the problems that we have here in Surrey will continue."

A county council spokesman said: "We won't be saying anything yet because we need to go away, look at the figures and see what this means for us."