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Save £200,000 by recycling a plastic bottle

Surrey residents are being urged to recycle one extra plastic bottle a week and save the county over £200,000 a year to go back into frontline services. Only 27 per cent of recyclable plastics – such as bottles, pots, tubs and trays – are currently being recycled in Surrey’s households, and the county council is … Continue reading

Grant extension for flood-hit Surrey householders

Surrey residents whose homes flooded last winter now have more time to apply for a Government repairs grant of up to £5,000. The county council has extended the deadline for residents and businesses to apply for the Repair and Renew grant, which was set up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to reimburse … Continue reading

Pioneering autism centres to open in Surrey schools

A groundbreaking scheme between Surrey County Council and the National Autistic Society (NAS) is set to revolutionise the education of children with autism. Thanks to a tie-up between the county council, the UK’s leading autism charity and the Cullum Family Trust, four high-achieving mainstream schools are set to get the county’s first-ever centres focused on educating … Continue reading

Surrey echoes Public Accounts Committee’s call for better roads funding

Following this week’s report by the Public Accounts Committee calling for the Department for Transport to improve its planning and investment in Britain’s roads, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, John Furey, said: “The Public Accounts Committee is right to highlight the inadequacy of Whitehall funding for councils and the need to be efficient … Continue reading

Plans for 420 extra Surrey school places signed off

Plans to build new classrooms for 420 extra pupils at two Surrey schools have been given the go-ahead. New facilities will be built at Leatherhead’s St Peter’s Catholic Primary and St Alban’s Catholic Primary in East Molesey, providing 210 additional places at each school. Surrey needs to bridge a £215 million funding gap for the … Continue reading

Manifesto calls for Government to give South East more powers

The South East needs more powers to help drive the UK economy, according to two major groups of local authorities. Councils from across the region, including Surrey, have backed a manifesto that calls for Government to devolve more powers on funding so the South East can boost economic investment nationally. For more information, visit the … Continue reading

Downton Abbey courtroom becomes wedding venue

  Downton Abbey fans can now get married in a Surrey courtroom used in nailbiting scenes of the global TV hit. As fans wait for the period drama’s fifth series to begin this Sunday, couples can now tie the knot in the former Crown Court where the trial of valet Mr Bates was filmed in … Continue reading

Guardian features Surrey’s success in diverting young people away from crime

The Guardian today published an article about the success of a Surrey scheme that is diverting hundreds of young people away from crime.  To read the story, follow this link.

Plans to create nearly 600 more school places signed off

Plans to create nearly 600 extra places at four schools have been signed off as part of the biggest schools expansion project in Surrey’s history. The county council has given the go-ahead to boost capacity at Heathside by 150 places, add another 210 at Hinchley Wood Primary, create 90 more at Stoughton Infant and build a … Continue reading

Singapore public service leaders visit county council

Picture caption: A delegation of public service leaders from Singapore have called on the expertise of Surrey County Council. A group of 11 officials working in education, social services, health and other fields visited County Hall to learn how the authority has transformed services. Quote: Julie Fisher, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Business Services, … 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

£4m saved from roads overhaul but funding pressures still exist

A drive to make more Surrey roads pothole-proof has saved taxpayers £4m in one year – but the county council has warned Surrey still faces a highways funding gap of around £60m from Whitehall. One year into its push to upgrade 300 miles of road with 10-year repair guarantees, the council has saved £4.4m through … Continue reading

Families warned over killer car seats

A Surrey County Council investigation has uncovered a market in deadly car seats that can kill a child at just 30mph. The council’s trading standards team is warning families of young children not to buy the illegal seats, which are imported from China and fail all UK safety standards. Crash testing done by Britax shows … Continue reading

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

More than 4,100 new places created as council faces £215m funding gap

As schools open after the summer break with space for more than 4,100 extra pupils, Surrey County Council has warned that plugging a £215 million funding gap for 13,000 further places is becoming increasingly tough. Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning Linda Kemeny said: “I’m pleased we have ensured more than 4,100 additional pupils can learn … Continue reading

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