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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
Local firms have benefited to the tune of almost £1 million a day as part of a Surrey County Council pledge to back business. Annual figures reveal that 4,300 local companies secured £363m worth of contracts from the council – the equivalent of just under £1m daily. That means that local spending on goods and … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Leader and Cabinet have pledged to keep working “week in, week out” to find savings as the authority continues to face the twin challenges of increasing demand for services and dwindling funding. In a New Year message to the county, David Hodge unveiled a document highlighting more than 50 ways the council … Continue reading
Surrey County Council announced today that Sarah Mitchell, Strategic Director of Adult Social Care, has left the council. Sarah has made a very significant contribution to both the transformation of health and social care and the delivery of efficiencies in Surrey since her appointment in March 2009. The decision has been made for personal reasons … Continue reading
Leader David Hodge used a meeting of the Full Council today to set out the financial challenges ahead and Surrey County Council’s success in improving roads, providing apprenticeships and achieving significant savings.
One woman will help to steer two councils after being confirmed in a ground-breaking double leadership role. Yvonne Rees has been made Mole Valley District Council’s permanent chief executive while also continuing as a strategic director at Surrey County Council. The full press release is on Mole Valley’s website.
Surrey County Council is on course to save local taxpayers £100 million inside four years by striking better deals. That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s project to tear up more than 300 miles of road most in need of improvement and rebuild many of them from scratch. Driving harder bargains saved … Continue reading