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Surrey welcomes changes to special educational need support but calls for proper funding

Following today’s Government announcement about reforms to services for children with special educational needs and disabilities, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “The reforms announced by the Government today will provide important support to our young people with special educational needs and we are delighted to have played a role … Continue reading

Urgent need for an increase in rail capacity

The Government has been asked to help address an urgent need for longer trains, faster journeys and more platforms at railway stations, to reduce overcrowding and boost the economy. In a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening, Surrey County Council asked the minister to help increase rail capacity in the county, … Continue reading

Fire service receives £2 million Government funding

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will receive £2 million from the Government to improve and expand its emergency control room operation. The funding is an “endorsement of Surrey’s strategy” from central government, according to Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson. He said: “Following the demise of the national regional control centre programme, some fire and … Continue reading

Powers to cut road work disruption welcomed

Government plans* to give councils more power to cut chaos and congestion caused by utility company road works have been welcomed by one of UK’s largest local authorities. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake, who oversees more than 3,000 miles of some of the country’s busiest roads, said: “When we … Continue reading

County council loses £15.6 million funding next year

Speaking following yesterday’s (8 December) announcement of the local government finance settlement for next year, Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge said: “Surrey’s grant allocation will reduce by 10% next year or nearly £16m. However, this is in line with what we were expecting and we’re well placed to manage it. “There will continue to … Continue reading

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