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Minister welcomes case for Three Southern Counties devolution

Leaders behind the devolution bid for three of England’s strongest performing counties have outlined to Government how their plan would boost growth for the region’s residents. Communities Minister Baroness Williams heard the proposals for how East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex would work together to help tackle the congested road and rail network, pioneer new … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on funding and partnerships

With the county council’s budgets under growing pressure from rising demand for services like adult social care, Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of today’s Cabinet to underline the need for the government to listen to funding worries and to stress the importance of partnerships.

VIDEO: Prime Minister praises council for making savings

David Cameron has praised the county council for making savings by working with other public services in a letter to David Hodge. The Surrey leader revealed the Prime Minister’s message at a meeting of today’s Full Council after reiterating the enormous financial impact of rising demand for services like elderly care and school places. A copy … Continue reading

Surrey County Council becomes a fostering friendly employer

A Surrey County Council highways worker who fosters child asylum-seekers has welcomed the authority becoming a fostering friendly employer. Mark Davies will get more help to balance his work and caring responsibilities now the county council has begun formally recognising the needs of staff who give a loving home to vulnerable children. Mr Davies, of … Continue reading

Karan Persand wins county council by-election

Conservative Karan Persand has won the Surrey County Council by-election for the Epsom West Division. He was elected as the county councillor after securing 612 votes – 21 more than nearest rival Neil Dallen (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell). The by-election was called after Stella Lallement stood down. By-election votes: Kate Chinn (Labour Party) 578 Chris Crook (Green Party) 58 Neil … Continue reading

Striking better deals saves more than £8 million in six months

Striking better deals has seen the county council save Surrey taxpayers more than £8 million in just six months. The money saved, which has come through negotiation work done by the council’s procurement team and staff in other services, means more than £33 million has now been saved in the last 18 months, sending the … Continue reading

Surrey leader welcomes business rates announcement

The government’s announcement that all business rates will go to councils was welcomed by Surrey leader David Hodge at Full Council this week.

ROUND UP: Rich history recognised; Deciding your next career step; How to become a county councillor

Rich history recognised More than 250 people flocked to this year’s Surrey Heritage Showcase featuring advice on creating a family tree and activities for children. The event in Shere, which was opened by Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks, gave those attending the chance to learn more about the rich history of the village and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey co-responding trial scheme set to begin

Firefighters will respond to certain medical emergencies as part of a potentially life-saving pilot scheme. Read the press release issued by the South East Coast Ambulance Service here. High-res images can be downloaded from our flickr pages.   

Sam Gyimah MP meets Surrey County Council leader David Hodge

School places, infrastructure and Surrey’s bid for devolved powers were top of the agenda when East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah met Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge. Mr Gyimah, who is also Childcare and Education Minister, visited County Hall last week for a meeting with Mr Hodge and senior county council officers. Mr Hodge said: … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Kray twins film shot at council HQ in cinemas; Social media tips for businesses; Businesses offered fire safety advice

Kray twins film shot at council HQ in cinemas A film about the Kray twins featuring scenes at Surrey County Council’s headquarters is to hit cinema screens tomorrow (Wednesday 9 September). Legend, which sees actor Tom Hardy play both Ronald and Reginald Kray, tells the story of how the twins ruled London’s East End in … Continue reading

Three southern counties bid for new powers

A bid to boost productivity and economic growth in three of England’s strongest performing counties was today submitted to Government. The partners in the Three Southern Counties (3SC), (East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex) aim to take greater control over their road and rail network, provide confidence in housing delivery, pioneer new digital technology and … Continue reading

Call for Surrey to share in Budget roads bonanza

Surrey is calling on the Government to act so the county sees the benefit from a new dedicated roads fund announced in George Osborne’s latest Budget. Fears were raised that more than 3,300 miles managed by the county will miss out on the fund from Vehicle Excise Duty despite Surrey drivers contributing more than £100m* … Continue reading

Surrey’s new Coroner’s Court officially opens

Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks has opened a new Coroner’s Court complex in Woking. Surrey High Sheriff Elizabeth Kennedy and Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Surrey, Richard Travers, were present at the opening ceremony, alongside the Chief Coroner of England and Wales, His Honour Judge Peter Thornton QC, as well as the Mayor and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader heralds savings, calls for spiralling demand to be recognised and stresses the need for devolution

Leader David Hodge used a Full Council meeting today to herald savings and call on the government to recognise spiralling demand for adult social care and school places while also emphasising the need to devolve more services for the benefit of Surrey’s residents.

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