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Savings of £170,000 a day add up to £62 million in year

Surrey County Council is set to confirm savings of nearly £170,000 every day for a year. Annual figures are due to reveal that the council saved £62 million for taxpayers in the last financial year, propelling the total since 2010 to almost £260m. That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s project to completely overhaul more … Continue reading

Striking better deals saves more than £100 million

Striking better deals has pushed county council savings for Surrey taxpayers beyond £100 million in four years. That sum would be enough to build almost a third of the school places the council needs to find to meet demand from a surging birth rate. The negotiation work done by the council’s procurement team and staff … Continue reading

Scheme launched to help prevent cashflow problems for smaller companies

A scheme to help prevent smaller companies suffer potentially crippling cashflow problems is being launched by Surrey County Council. Under the initiative backed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), big firms securing new council contracts will have to pay suppliers within 30 days of being billed, matching the payment terms they enjoy*. Checks will be … Continue reading

High-speed broadband roll-out hits halfway

A project to make Surrey the best connected county in the country has hit the halfway mark. The number of homes and businesses able to benefit from the high-speed service has reached 42,000. It comes after Surrey County Council joined forces with BT to create a county-wide network to help firms do business online and … Continue reading

Surrey workers among UK’s most productive

Surrey workers are among the most productive in the UK for boosting the economy, figures have revealed. Statistics show they contributed more to the national economy per hour worked than all but two areas outside central London. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show Surrey’s productivity rate for 2012 was 18.3 per cent above the … Continue reading

Flooded homes to pay zero council tax for three months

Flooded homes will be exempt from paying council tax under a plan drawn up by Surrey councils and the police to help families affected by the recent severe weather. The county and local councils together with the Police and Crime Commissioner have agreed that residents whose homes have suffered internal flooding will not have to … Continue reading

Council website gets top rating

Surrey County Council’s website has been awarded a maximum four-star rating in a new national report while also being one of a handful labelled a “favourite site”. The annual report by the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) rates the performance of council websites each year and Surrey’s newly designed site was among just 31 … Continue reading

Roads could get extra government cash thanks to efficiency drive

Surrey County Council is hopeful it could be in line for extra road repair cash as a government reward for giving taxpayers value for money. From next year, councils that prove they spend highways funding efficiently are set to get a bigger share of the country’s £200 million annual roads maintenance budget under plans recently … Continue reading

BuildSurrey website helps local businesses win deals worth more than £8m

  Local businesses have won deals worth more than £8million since an online initiative was launched by Surrey County Council a year ago. More than 700 firms have already registered on the BuildSurrey site, which is part of the county council’s pledge to ensure 60% of its spending on goods and services goes to local … Continue reading

Surrey’s 8% economic growth outstrips UK

County council leader David Hodge has pledged continued backing for business after new figures revealed Surrey’s economy grew by 8% in a year – outstripping the rest of the UK. The amount Surrey generated for the nation’s economy climbed by £2.4 billion between 2011 and 2012 to more than £32bn, according to the Office for … Continue reading

Flooding update

Surrey firefighters are continuing to help the county’s flood-hit communities as part of the response to adverse weather in the region. The fire and rescue service currently have a number of High Volume Pumping (HVP) units in the Lower Thames area of Surrey. The intention is to help communities to begin recovering from the flooding and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council tax increase confirmed

Surrey County Council today confirmed a 1.99% council tax rise even though 2.5% was needed. It was agreed at a meeting of the Full Council and the video below of leader David Hodge sets out Surrey’s case for the increase.

Surrey and East Sussex join forces to slash cost of revamping libraries

Surrey and East Sussex have joined forces to boost their buying power and slash the cost of revamping libraries by almost a third. Firms have agreed to discount the price of the likes of carpets, lighting and furniture by up to 27% after the two county councils teamed up to harness their collective clout. It … Continue reading

Local firms set for £60m council contracts boost

A county council pledge to back business could net local firms up to £60 million as part of the biggest school expansion programme in Surrey’s history. Around 30 primary school construction contracts worth £50m are set to be awarded through the BuildSurrey website over the next two years. On top of the school work, £10m … Continue reading

More than three-quarters of Surrey businesses primed for growth

More than three-quarters of businesses in Surrey’s powerhouse economy are primed for growth in the next two years. A survey for Surrey County Council and Surrey Connects has revealed that 77% of firms are optimistic about their prospects for expanding, with more than three in 10 already reporting annual increases in turnover or budget. Almost … Continue reading

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