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Cabinet Member chairs national debate on tackling an ageing population

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member Michael Gosling joined leading figures at an event looking at how to tackle an ageing population. The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health emphasised the need to take a more integrated approach to providing health and social care. Mr Gosling chaired the discussion organised by the South East … Continue reading

Surrey outstripping country for library loans of Fifty Shades of Grey

Saucy Surrey is outstripping other parts of the country for loans of racy book Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels. Libraries in Surrey accounted for nearly 20% of all UK loans of the three books in August. And latest figures show demand for the trilogy shows little sign of slowing down, with Surrey’s … Continue reading

Guardian profiles Cabinet Member

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member Tony Samuels explains his motivation for becoming a councillor in a Guardian profile. The Cabinet Member for Assets and Regeneration Programmes revealed that his upringing had a lot in common with the star of the BBC’s The Apprentice series Lord Sugar.

Councils’ shared services plan to make savings

Plans to share more services with East Sussex County Council to boost buying power and make savings have been unveiled in a new Cabinet report. Surrey County Council has revealed it is finalising a proposal to join forces with the East Sussex authority to merge payroll and accounts functions. They are also set to do … Continue reading

£4.2 million road repair boost

Surrey County Council will receive an extra £4.2 million to spend on road repairs over the next two years, following an announcement by the Department for Transport. The money will come from a £215 million Government funding pot to be given to local authorities across the country to spend on improving roads. John Furey, Surrey … Continue reading

Children in care success

Following the publication of a report by the chief inspector of probation raising concerns about the support given to children in care by youth offending teams, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety Kay Hammond said: “We work very hard to give the best possible support and the fact that last year not one … Continue reading

Surrey bids for £1.5m of cycle safety cash

Surrey County Council is bidding for more than £1.5 million to help keep cyclists safe on town centre roads. The council aims to win the cash to install cycle paths in two major towns. If successful, Walton-on-Thames will get cycle paths linking shops and schools with Upper Halliford via the new £32 million bridge being … Continue reading

Video: winter farmers

An army of 51 farmers will help Surrey County Council tackle ice and snow on the roads this winter. Warlingham farmer David Marden described how he’ll help keep Surrey moving when severe weather strikes. He also showcased some of the gear he’ll use to plough and grit the roads. Media looking for more information can … Continue reading

Olympic memorabilia up for grabs

A golden opportunity for people to snap up Olympic Games memorabilia from this summer’s cycling races is up for grabs. Surrey County Council is giving people the chance to win hundreds of Games flags, banners and bunting used to line the roads for the London 2012 road races and time trial events in the county. British … Continue reading

New £4.5m road scheme eases congestion and boosts business

A £4.5 million scheme to ease congestion and boost business has been completed. Surrey County Council and the University of Surrey joined forces to improve traffic flow at a busy roundabout outside the Surrey Research Park in Guildford. Their project saw the roundabout removed and a crossroads with traffic lights installed in its place after the … Continue reading

Website for care and support information relaunched with new features

A website that opens the door to a host of useful and free information has been relaunched with new features that include a free text messaging service. Surrey Information Point, which can be found at, helps adults and carers in Surrey find advice and information in their local area. People can find listings for … Continue reading

Cabinet Member speaks at national event about being health and wellbeing board pioneer

A Surrey County Council Cabinet Member has spoken at a national event about making a success of a new board created to improve health and wellbeing. Michael Gosling set out the work done to establish Surrey’s health and wellbeing board in a speech to representatives of the pharmaceutical industry in London. Sharing the platform with … Continue reading

Council features in national discussion on economic growth

Iain Reeve, Surrey County Council’s Assistant Director, Economy, Transport and Planning, has taken part in a debate organised by the Guardian about the role of local authorities in stimulating economic growth.

Helyn Clack interviewed about £51m economic boost from cycling events

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack has been interviewed by BBC Surrey presenter Nigel Williams about the £51 million boost to Surrey’s economy from the Olympic cycling races and the Tour of Britain. Mrs Clack, who was joined by Surrey Chambers of Commerce Chief Executive Louise Punter, also emphasised that establishing Surrey … Continue reading

Surrey leader launches scheme to slash energy bills

A new scheme to help people slash around £200 a year from their energy bills has been launched. The ‘switch and save’ scheme was officially unveiled by Surrey County Council leader David Hodge at today’s Full Council meeting. It comes after E.ON became the last of the major energy companies to push up prices when … Continue reading


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