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County council signs off plan to make countryside sites self-sufficient in six years

Surrey County Council today signed off a plan to make countryside sites generate enough money to be self-sufficient within six years. The Cabinet approved a proposal to work with Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) to explore commercial opportunities to cover the cost of managing the county’s countryside by 2021 and pay for improved facilities. The proposals … Continue reading

Meet the new Cabinet team

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge today unveiled two new Cabinet Members at the annual Full Council meeting – Clare Curran and Richard Walsh. Click on the dots that appear in the picture below and watch the video underneath for more information about them and the rest of the team, including new Cabinet Associate Member … Continue reading

Ramon Gray wins county council by-election

Conservative Ramon Gray has won the Surrey County Council by-election for the Weybridge division. He was elected as the county councillor after securing 4,190 votes – 2,291 more than nearest rival Peter Harman (Weybridge Independent Party). The by-election was called after Christian Mahne stood down. By-election votes: Ramon Gray (Conservative) 4,190 Peter Harman (Weybridge Independent Party) … Continue reading

Council on course to make £3.5 million energy savings over five years

Surrey County Council has signed off plans to bulk buy energy with the aim of propelling savings to £3.5 million in five years. The Cabinet decided to renew an agreement with a public sector buying group that harnesses public services’ collective clout to secure the best possible fuel deal. It is hoped that using the … Continue reading

Surrey and East Sussex launch orbis to share services and save millions

Plans to share services with the aim of making improvements and saving two county councils millions of pounds annually became reality today. Surrey and East Sussex officially launched their partnership – called orbis – covering services that include human resources, property, procurement, finance and information technology. It is hoped the move, which is expected to … Continue reading

Sharing services to save up to £8 million a year

Plans to bolster buying power and save millions of pounds by sharing services with East Sussex have been signed off by Surrey County Council. The Cabinet has approved a proposal to launch a joint initiative, which will: Cover teams in IT, human resources, property, procurement, finance, legal and other services Save up to £8 million … Continue reading

Surrey on course to make £330million savings over five years

Surrey County Council is on track to make almost £70million of savings for taxpayers this year – almost £190,000 every day. Annual figures are set to show that savings of £69million for the 2014/15 financial year will be achieved when it ends next month, propelling the total saved in five years to almost £330million. That … Continue reading

Purchasing power creates 200 apprenticeships

A Surrey County Council drive to use its purchasing power to create apprenticeships is set to hit the 200 mark. Nearly 140 organisations had committed to filling 175 apprenticeships as a condition of securing their contracts by the end of December and another 25 roles are expected to be approved shortly. Places have been created … Continue reading

Multi-million pound funding welcomed

Surrey County Council’s deputy leader has welcomed multi-million government funding as another step towards unlocking long-term economic growth. Around £9 million will go to Surrey schemes that boost businesses, improve transport links and better protect homes following a Government announcement about local Growth Deals through local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). The funding is part of the … Continue reading

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

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

Surrey drivers buy most electric cars in South East

A Surrey boom in people buying and making electric cars is set to fuel a groundbreaking partnership to boost the county’s economy and help the environment. Electric car ownership in Surrey has quadrupled in just two years to over 180 – the highest in the South East – and a summit on Tuesday will brainstorm … Continue reading

Council office sharing saves £700,000

Surrey County Council has saved taxpayers around £700,000 in the last year thanks to sharing buildings with other organisations. The saving – enough money to pay for a year of residential care for 28 people or 70 school places – comes because sharing more buildings means paying less for rent, heating and repairs. Around 1,000 … Continue reading

Surrey leader welcomes multi-million-pound Government boost

Surrey County Council’s Leader has welcomed Government funding announced today as a first step towards long-term economic growth. Almost £50 million will go into schemes to boost Surrey businesses and transport links over the next six years following a Government announcement today on local Growth Deals through local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). David Hodge said: “We … Continue reading

Purchasing power creating 170 apprenticeships

Surrey County Council aims to use its purchasing power to create 170 apprenticeships. Firms are being asked to pledge to fill apprentice places as part of their bids for contracts to provide council services. The authority, which negotiates tens of millions of pounds worth of contracts each year, is also encouraging key contractors to look … Continue reading

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