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Council wins award for UK’s best local government website

Surrey County Council’s website has been named the best in local government across the UK. It has won the Best Website Award from the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm). Socitm said the site – found at http://www.surreycc.gov.uk –  was “a joy to use” and also praised Surrey for embracing the growing public demand to access … Continue reading

Surrey remains a top GCSE performer

Surrey County Council continues to be among the top-performing authorities at GCSE, according to figures released by the Department for Education for exams in 2014. They show that: Almost three-quarters of pupils getting five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, putting Surrey in the top 10% of education authorities in England The result ranked … Continue reading

Trading standards merger with Buckinghamshire approved

Plans to better protect Surrey residents from con artists and save taxpayers almost £400,000 a year have been approved in a trading standards merger with Buckinghamshire County Council.  

500th cabinet unveiled in project to make Surrey UK’s best connected county

Picture caption: A key milestone has been marked as the 500th fibre broadband cabinet in a project to make Surrey the best connected county in the UK was unveiled by Surrey County Council deputy leader Peter Martin. Quote: Peter Martin said: “Reaching these milestones means that thousands more Surrey businesses and residents can enjoy the benefits of this high-speed … Continue reading

ROUND-UP: Surrey wins prestigious highways award, county council team plants poppies to remember war heroes

Surrey Highways team wins industry’s premier award for partnership work Surrey County Council’s Operation Horizon project has been praised at the Highways Magazine Excellence Awards. In the annual celebration of highways excellence, the county council, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd and Kier jointly received the Highway Partnership Award for its ongoing multi-million pound effort to improve … Continue reading

Jeremy Hunt and Surrey leader discuss improving flood defences

Picture caption: County council Leader David Hodge outlined Surrey’s bids for £27 million to improve flood defences to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at a meeting to discuss how residents and businesses in Godalming are being better protected. Quote: Surrey leader David Hodge said: “It is great to work with Mr Hunt on helping Godalming residents … Continue reading

More than 2,100 pack out Surrey’s biggest careers fair

  More than 2,100 people descended on Epsom to pack out Surrey’s biggest careers fair and pick up advice on apprenticeships, jobs and training. The Surrey Opportunities Fair organised by the county council was aimed at school pupils and those seeking new opportunities. It gave them the chance to find out more about 100-plus apprentice … Continue reading

Walton Bridge wins award, charity thanks council and heritage show set to delight

Charity thanks council for long-term support A charity that works to inspire children into hi-tech jobs has thanked Surrey County Council for 30 years of support. Since it was set up in 1984, Satro has organised interactive academic challenges for over 450,000 schoolchildren to encourage them to follow careers in engineering, technology, science and maths. … Continue reading

Surrey faces £54 million funding gap for September’s 3,000 extra school places

Leader David Hodge today revealed that Surrey County Council is facing bridging a £54 million funding shortfall to deliver 3,000 extra school places for next September – nearly double the gap plugged this year. Mr Hodge told a meeting of the Full Council that expected government funding of £30m for the next academic year will be well short of the … Continue reading

Plans for more than 250 extra places set to be signed off

Plans for more than 250 places are set to be signed off as the county council pushes on with the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history. Capacity at Bishop David Brown School in Woking will be boosted by 150 places and another 105 will be added at Bisley Church of England Primary under proposals being … Continue reading

Surrey bids for £27 million flood defence improvements

Surrey County Council has bid for £27 million from Whitehall to improve local flood defences. The council has asked for the money to better protect residents across the county from a repeat of last winter’s floods. Below is a video of John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Flooding Recovery, outlining the bid which … Continue reading

VIDEO: Groups win almost £570,000 to improve communities

A youth cafe and a community pavilion are among the 23 projects to be awarded a total of almost £570,000 from Surrey County Council’s Community Improvements Fund. An outdoor gym near Stoneleigh, a skate park at Puttenham and a community shop at Strood Green are among the projects to have won cash previously. Below is a video of … Continue reading

Surrey scheme fills 600 apprentice places in year

As hundreds of young people prepare for next week’s Surrey Opportunities Fair, the county council has revealed it has helped 600 teenagers into apprenticeships since last year’s event through a cash incentive scheme. Since 1,600 young people descended on last October’s skills fair, a raft of employers have come forward to create apprentice roles across … Continue reading

MP Philip Hammond gets progress report on new 900-place school

Picture caption: Runnymede and Weybridge MP Philip Hammond has visited Surrey County Council for a progress report on a new secondary school for 900-plus pupils at the Runnymede Centre in Addlestone. The Foreign Secretary also heard about the council’s £215 million funding gap for the 13,000 places required in the next five years. Quote: Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s … Continue reading

Plans set out to create almost 3,000 school places

Plans have been set out to create almost 3,000 extra school places by next September as the county council presses ahead with the biggest expansion project in Surrey’s history. That figure is enough to fill nine brand new two-form entry primary schools and comes after more than 4,100 extra places were created in time for … Continue reading

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