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Online vault of millions of facts and figures being opened

An online vault of millions of facts and figures is being opened to help people find information they need in one place.

Roads covered by gritting trucks in severe winter weather, care homes offering places for the elderly and crime rates on local streets can all be found on Surrey-i.

The free site developed by Surrey County Council has a built-in map and by entering their postcode residents can find a host of other services and facilities in their community.

These include the nearest schools and libraries as well as information on local doctors, hospitals, charities and councillors. Other features allow people to find their closest railway station, bus stop, dentist or beauty spot.

A wealth of data is stored for businesses to access, such as workforce skills, the county’s economic performance and the success of start-ups.

Charities can also make use of the mine of statistics. For instance, a voluntary group helping young people can find out key facts about those not in education, employment or training and health charities can unearth a range of statistics on diet and lifestyle.

Surrey-i has been developed by the council on behalf of the Surrey Strategic Partnership* and to coincide with the launch on Monday (21 November) the authority will be tweeting a fact an hour from the website for a week on @Surrey_Matters**.

Councils in Surrey and other public bodies, like the health service and police, are already using the website to help them plan more integrated services and target their resources better.

The county council is currently using it as part of a review of buildings that aims to make sure they continue to be in the right locations to provide the best services for residents.

Peter Martin, Surrey County Council’s Deputy Leader, said: “Surrey-i is a treasure trove of information. Whether you’re a parent looking for a new school, someone looking to start a business in the county or a charity helping children or elderly people, this website will prove invaluable.

“We’ll continue to make as much information as possible available on the website and I’d urge people to tell us what they would like see included. We want to see the website evolve and improve month by month.”

To use the website, visit http://www.surreyi.gov.uk.

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For more information, please contact senior media relations officer Kevin Richardson on 0208 541 7267 or email kevin.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk.

Notes for editors

* The partnership includes the county, borough and district councils, the Surrey County Association of Parish and Town Councils, Surrey Police, NHS Surrey and the voluntary and business sectors.

** Each fact will be tweeted on @Surrey_Matters every hour from 7am-11pm. They can be found by using the hashtag #Surreyi. A Twitter account is not required. People can log on to twitter.com/surrey_matters for their hourly update.

The service, provided by Fluent Technology in association with Astun Technology, is based on a software platform called Origin and iShare. The website also allows people to draw up charts and maps and download the data.

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