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Today’s national strike

Today (Wednesday 30 November) a number of public sector unions are taking industrial action as part of a national dispute over pensions. There are 247 state schools in Surrey closed or partly shut out of 375. Full details of these closures can be found via the schools page. Other county council services, such as community … Continue reading

Planned national strike

On Wednesday 30 November a number of public sector unions are taking industrial action as part of a national dispute over pensions. A significant number of Surrey state schools are expected to close and full details of closures can be found via the schools page. So far, 247 schools have notified Surrey County Council that … Continue reading

Leader’s announcement on libraries

The Leader of Surrey County Council, David Hodge, today (Tuesday 29 November) announced he was proposing the end of any ‘phase two’ to the plans for community-run libraries. Mr Hodge said that in line with his promise to listen, learn and reflect on the views of residents he was proposing the change in the council’s … Continue reading

Olympic Inspire mark for child communication project

An innovative project helping children develop their communication skills has been awarded an Inspire mark by Olympic and Paralympic Games organisers. The Every Child a Talker Communication Decathlon, run by Surrey County Council, is available to more than 2,000 nurseries, playgroups, childminders and other children’s groups across the county to help youngsters under five years … Continue reading

Unsafe vodka sparks health warning

Unsafe ‘vodka’ containing potentially dangerous chemicals that pose a health risk has sparked a warning to drinkers and businesses from Surrey County Council Trading Standards. ‘Drop Vodka’ has been found for sale in off-licences, corner shops and petrol stations across Britain at rock-bottom prices, including just over the county border in Aldershot. Tests on the … Continue reading

Surrey plans to trial all-terrain vehicle to tackle snow

This year Surrey County Council plans to trial a new mini all-terrain vehicle to tackle snow in places ordinary gritters just cannot reach. Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “This is a new departure for us to try so we can get to those hard to reach places across … Continue reading

Slice of bread contains as much salt as a bag of crisps

Detail: Surrey County Council Trading Standards is spearheading a drive to tackle the hidden health dangers of excess salt levels in bread. The consumer champion is working with bakers to help them reduce salt in their products in order to improve customers’ health. A survey by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH) revealed that … Continue reading

Blow the whistle on Olympic fakes

Detail: School children are being asked to blow the whistle on fraudsters peddling fake goods in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as part of a sport-themed National Consumer Week (November 21 to 25). Surrey County Council Trading Standards has sent teaching packs to Surrey secondary schools to help pupils identify … Continue reading

Employment Minister among MPs visiting new Surrey leader

Employment Minister Chris Grayling was one of three Surrey MPs to visit new Surrey County Council leader David Hodge. He was joined at County Hall by Esher and Walton MP Dominic Raab and Woking MP Jonathan Lord. Mr Hodge said: “Surrey has three Cabinet members in the coalition government and several other ministers so it’s … Continue reading

Farmers and Surrey 4×4 Response prepared to combat extreme winter weather

Surrey County Council has signed up an army of farmers to clear roads and a fleet of 4×4 vehicles to help the vulnerable during severe winter weather. This year an additional 15 farmers have been enlisted to use tractors and ploughs to clear snow-covered routes for drivers, taking the total number to 50. Surrey County … Continue reading

Food waste reduced by 1.1 million tonnes – enough to fill Wembley Stadium

Following an announcement by waste reduction organisation WRAP that household food waste in the UK fell by 1.1 million tonnes over three years, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake said: “It’s encouraging to see people are throwing out less food which saves money and benefits the environment. However, there is … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Surrey welcomes new national plan to support apprentices

Following Business Secretary Vince Cable’s announcement of new plans to make it easier for businesses to take on apprentices, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Learning Tim Hall said: “This is really welcome news and a great boost for young people looking to get on the first rung of the ladder in their … Continue reading

China expert to give talk at Zibo exhibition

Detail: A leading expert in Chinese business and culture will give an insight into the country’s emergence as a world power and its impact on the West. A talk from former Secretary General of the European Chamber of Commerce in China Michael O’Sullivan will take place at the Lightbox in Woking, which is currently hosting … Continue reading

Management costs reduced by half

Surrey County Council Trading Standards will reduce management costs by half as part of a plan to improve the service and provide taxpayers with better value for money. A public value review into the consumer champion found ways the service could work more efficiently while protecting and enhancing the high level of performance that has … Continue reading

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