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Fly-tipping drops despite introduction of waste charging

New figures from Surrey County Council reveal fly-tipping dealt with in September plummeted compared to the same month last year despite the introduction of charging for some construction waste. Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We always said we believed fears of a big increase in fly-tipping were misplaced … Continue reading

Surrey foster couple receive MBEs

John and Wendy Palczynski, who foster children with disabilities and complex health problems, have received MBEs from Her Majesty The Queen at Windsor Castle. The couple, from Guildford, have cared for 29 children over 13 years including some with profound multiple disabilities and conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and blindness.They were recognised in the … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey schools losing out to their London neighbours

Surrey schools close to London are being penalised to the tune of millions of pounds in funding compared to schools in the capital – even though they may be less than a mile apart and face the same challenges. These schools are often just streets apart and serve virtually identical communities but London boroughs bordering … Continue reading

VIDEO: New Surrey college aims to encourage more women to join the crusade against cyber crime

A new university technical college opening in Surrey aims to encourage more women to choose careers tackling cyber crime. University Technical College Guildford – Surrey’s first UTC – will train the next generation of cyber security, computing and engineering experts to help meet growing demand from employers. With women significantly under-represented in computer science and engineering, the … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fostering event in Surrey; Workshop to divert youngsters from crime; Dementia carers’ coffee mornings

Fostering event in Surrey Potential foster carers can find out more about the role at an event being held this month by Surrey County Council. The open evening at Cranleigh Library will be opened by Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement Linda Kemeny. It will see people who foster, children they look after and … Continue reading

Surrey County Council wins Fostering Friendly Employer of the Year Award

Surrey County Council has received the Fostering Friendly Employer of the Year Award at The Fostering Network’s Fostering Excellence Awards. Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Educational Achievement said: “We’re delighted to receive national recognition for the work we’ve done to support staff who give a loving home to vulnerable … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey faces overspending as demand and cost pressures grow

Deputy leader Peter Martin has warned that increasing demand and cost pressures for key services like adult social care mean Surrey County Council is set to overspend by £6 million this year despite making savings of as much as £76m.

New contract to improve sexual health services and save £6 million

Plans to improve sexual health services in Surrey and save £6 million have been given the go-ahead. Central and North West London NHS Trust has been awarded a three-year contract to manage services covering contraception, STI testing and work with groups most likely to be affected by poor sexual health. Under the terms of the … Continue reading

Telegraph features letter from Mel Few about rising adult social care demand

A letter from Cabinet Member Mel Few explaining how rising demand for adult social care services is putting enormous pressure on Surrey County Council’s finances has been published by the Daily Telegraph (sixth in the list). It comes after analysis of Office for National Statistics data revealed that more than £1 million extra a week could be spent … Continue reading

Chancellor visits County Hall to meet Surrey’s deputy leader

Chancellor Philip Hammond became the latest Surrey MP to visit County Hall when he met deputy leader Peter Martin today to discuss council issues such as rising demand for services, budget pressures and devolution. Adult social care funding was among the topics discussed – rising demand for support means the council needs to spend an … Continue reading

Plans unveiled for 270 extra school places

Plans to create an extra 270 school places to meet demand from Surrey’s rising population will be considered by the county council’s Cabinet. A secondary school in Guildford will be expanded and an infants school in Sunbury-on-Thames will become an all-through primary under proposals being presented on 20 September. The proposal to provide an extra … Continue reading

VIDEO: Southern trains make commuters late once a week

Feel like you’re always delayed on Southern Rail trains? Well now official statistics confirm that suspicion – using the network has made you really late on the work commute once a week over a three-month period. New Office for Rail and Road figures reveal that almost one in 10 Southern trains were cancelled or delayed more than 30 minutes … Continue reading

More than £1 million extra a week to care for Surrey’s over-65s within 20 years

More than £1 million extra a week could be spent by Surrey County Council within 20 years on care for over-65s. Office for National Statistics figures reveal the number of people living past 65 is expected to rise 107,000 to 328,000 by 2036. Analysis of the data shows that of those an extra 2,600 over-65s … Continue reading

ROUND UP: County council adopts MND charter; Fire station opening doors to public; River Ash clean up day

County council adopts MND charter Surrey County Council has adopted a new charter to show its commitment to helping people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Helyn Clack signed the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s five-point charter to help those suffering from the disease, which affects the brain and spinal cord. South Nutfield … Continue reading

County council creating apprenticeships and jobs through contracts

Firms have pledged to create 13 apprenticeships and 10 jobs for people in Surrey as part of contracts to carry out essential work for the county council. Cabinet Member for Business Services and Resident Experience Denise Le Gal today signed off plans to award separate deals to repair schools’ catering equipment and provide security services … Continue reading

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