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Roofer jailed for conning elderly couple with £7,200 repairs bill after failing to use scaffolding

A roofing boss has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after failing to use scaffolding at a Surrey home and charging the elderly residents £7,200 for repairs when a worker fell through the roof. John Thompson (pictured right), 43, left a gaping hole in the couple’s roof when he sent a labourer up without providing scaffolding, … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey adult social care news with Suzannah Townsend

Suzannah Townsend from the county council’s adult social care team rounds up the news from across Surrey.

VIDEO: Tina Thorburn rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads

Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads.

Surrey agencies launch academy to train children’s workforce

Surrey County Council and partner agencies are today launching a new academy to train and support staff who work with children. Surrey Children’s Services Academy will support agencies across the county to work together to offer children and families the best possible help and care. The ambitious initiative is among the first of its kind in … Continue reading

Fire services join forces for firefighter course

Three fire services are joining forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters. Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are running the 13-week course which started on Monday 14 January. Twenty-four recruits are taking part – 12 from Surrey, eight … Continue reading

Surrey builder fined for forging certificate after trading standards probe

A builder has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 after forging a building regulations certificate for a customer who raised concerns over his work. Thomas Peare, 28, of Langley Vale, near Epsom, was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,180 after pleading guilty to an offence under counterfeiting and forgery laws. He … Continue reading

Surrey leader Tim Oliver on long-term plan for NHS

Following today’s news about the NHS’ long-term plan, Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver said: “We’re really pleased to see this 10-year plan published – it contains a welcome focus on preventing ill health, providing early support and improving mental health services. “The extra funding to help health bodies and local government work together is … Continue reading

VIDEO: Electric buses launched in Guildford

A fleet of zero emission buses has been launched in Guildford in what is believed to be the first all electric park and ride service in the UK. The county council, borough council and Stagecoach worked together to bring the single decker vehicles to the town. “Introducing Surrey’s first electric #buses through securing £1.5m in funding … Continue reading

Surrey leader thanks residents for taking part in consultations on plans to transform services

Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver thanks everyone who took part in five public consultations on plans to transform services in the face of financial pressures and goes on to outline next steps. The consultations closed on Friday 4 January.   A transcript of Tim Oliver’s video can be downloaded here.

VIDEO: Tina Thorburn rounds up the latest work taking place on Surrey’s roads

Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team gives the latest updates about work taking place on Surrey’s roads.

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