A hard-hitting road safety campaign aimed to keep young people safe on the roads has featured in a BBC documentary. License to Kill highlighted how Safe Drive Stay Alive, led by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, uses powerful videos, eyewitness accounts and first hand experiences to educate young people about the potential dangers of the road. Documentary presenter … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Simon Pollock has participated in a debate organised by the Guardian about councils sharing services to save money. Surrey’s head of shared services highlighted a joint purchasing operation with East Sussex County Council and the work of the South East 7, a partnership of the region’s seven largest local authorities.
Nearly 430 people with disabilities were helped to find work in the past year through a Surrey County Council initiative. EmployAbility secured paid employment, voluntary work or a work experience role for 426 people in the last financial year. It also continued to help nearly 600 people in their jobs. The news follows an awards … Continue reading
Apprenticeships are rocketing across Surrey – with a near 20% surge in a year. The number of new apprentices aged 16 to 18 shot up by 19.2% to 690 in the last financial year. And apprenticeships in the 19-24 age group climbed by 16.5% in the same period, with almost 100 extra places filled. The … Continue reading
Two innovative mobile apps created by Surrey County Council have been championed out at a national event focusing on science and technology. Surrey created apps to help prevent residents forking out £1 million a year to dispose of trade waste and cut bureaucracy for youth workers while saving tens of thousands of pounds. The waste … Continue reading
Surrey County Council is to build pothole proof roads that are designed to last a decade before repairs are needed. A 10 year warranty means if there was a problem with a road, the cost of repairing it would fall to the contractor that built the road and not the council. Since the start of … Continue reading
A flight of 14 locks on the Basingstoke canal reopened this week letting boats navigate the stretch of waterway for the first time in four years. The locks at Deepcut have been closed since 2009 for structural repairs and the replacement of many of the gates which had reached the end of their useful life. … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has been recognised for its excellence in customer services for the second year running. The authority’s shared services centre – which provides support for HR, finance and purchasing – has been handed the government’s Customer Service Excellence standard. Chief Executive David McNulty received the award, which recognises the efforts of staff to … Continue reading
Strategic Director for Children, Schools and Families Nick Wilson has been interviewed by BBC Surrey about primary school places for September and the county council’s programme to create 12,000 extra classroom places following a 20% rise in birth rates in the past decade.
One of Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s investigation dogs Tilly appeared on ITV’s television show This Morning. Tilly and her handler Steve Craig appeared on the show alongside presenters Phillip Scofield and Holly Willoughby. Tilly demonstrated how her nose can help her sniff out the cause of suspcious blazes reducing the time and cost of investigating fires. The … Continue reading
Businessmen and women flocked to an event designed to boost young people’s career prospects and equip firms with the skilled workforce to thrive. The Developing Skills for Surrey event organised by Surrey County Council attracted more than 60 businesses looking to hire apprentices, offer trial placements or offer work experience. They had the opportunity to get … Continue reading
Older people and carers will soon be able to get the lowdown on care, community and health matters on the go. Surrey County Council is launching a mobile version of its Surrey Information Point website. It will mean people can easily access local information, such as help at home, support for carers and social activities, … Continue reading
Following the release of information on primary school places, for September, Surrey County Council’s Strategic Director for Children, Schools and Families Nick Wilson said: “Despite the pressure on places following a 20% rise in birth rates over the past decade, we’re pleased that so many parents have been offered a school of their choice. “This … Continue reading
Technology pioneered by the US military during the Cold War is keeping vulnerable people in Surrey safe. GPS, now widely found in car sat navs and aircraft, is being used to stop people with dementia getting lost. A watch is being trialled with a built-in tracking system that allows the wearer’s location to be accurately … Continue reading
Surrey County Council has been helping to trial an innovative pothole-detecting mobile phone app with road repair experts in the USA. Street Bump has been pioneered by the Mayor’s Office in Boston with the aim of collecting data from motorists when they drive over a pothole. The app works by using a mobile phone’s motion … Continue reading