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Trading Standards investigation leads to three year sentence for fraudsters

A fraudster and his accomplice have both received prison sentences after being found guilty of scamming residents as unqualified roofers, following a Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards investigation. James Smith (28, Cranleigh, Surrey) and Timothy Draper Smith (52, Staines) were trading as James Gutters and Roofing Ltd between August 2017 and February 2019. Over this … Continue reading

Summary of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Meeting (26th January 21)

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet met this week and made a number of important announcements regarding the council’s future plans. These are summarised below: COVID response Cabinet announced that Surrey was on track to meet the mid-February target of vaccinating the top four cohorts within the population, amounting to 230,000 people. Leader Tim Oliver praised the … Continue reading

Covid-19 vaccine scams are targeting Surrey residents

Fraudsters are using the Covid-19 vaccine as a way of scamming people out of their money. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards are working with NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to highlight what residents should expect from a genuine Covid-19 vaccine invitation. The bogus texts, calls and websites ask people to enter their bank … Continue reading

AUDIO: Director of Public Health Ruth Hutchinson speaks to BBC Radio Surrey about Covid cases in Surrey

Surrey’s Director of Public Health, Ruth Hutchinson, spoke to BBC Radio Surrey this morning to provide an update on Covid cases in the county, and to discuss the vaccine rollout. – Audio courtesy of BBC Radio Surrey 

Covid-19 inspection report praises Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in September 2020, regarding the way in which they responded to the Covid-19 pandemic; the findings have been published today. The service summarised HMICFRS’s findings as: The service – was able to make an effective initial … Continue reading

Works to improve Guildford traffic hotspots begin

Works to ease congestion and improve air quality have begun on the A323 Guildford Road this week. The works at the junction with the A324 Pirbright Road also involve creating a controlled crossing making it easier for residents to cross the road safely. These changes are part of a wider Guildford hotspots project which also … Continue reading

Extended free bus travel for bus pass users

Elderly and disabled residents with concessionary bus passes will be able to enjoy free bus travel all day, every day from this week. As part of Surrey County Council’s efforts to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, free bus travel is now available before 930am to help eligible residents make use of early morning slots … Continue reading

Surrey County Council draft 2021/22 budget published

Surrey County Council has published its draft 2021/22 budget, outlining how its secure financial position will continue to help guide Surrey through the COVID pandemic and invest in recovery. Transformation of the council over the last three years has put the organisation in a strong financial position – giving security and certainty to Surrey’s response … Continue reading

New online reporting tool launched to help keep Surrey safe

Surrey County Council has launched a reporting tool for residents to raise their concerns about businesses or venues in Surrey that are not following the Government’s COVID-19 restrictions, in a further step to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Businesses or venues can be reported if there is a concern they are breaching rules and restrictions … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service welcomes 12 new firefighters

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) welcomed 12 new firefighters into the service last month. Out of the group, 10 are wholetime and two on-call. The group of wholetime have completed their 14-week training which started on Monday 14 September. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the pass out parade has been postponed and will be … Continue reading

Local Resilience Forum issues reminder to residents as rates continue to rise

Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum are reminding residents to stay local and follow the lockdown rules, ahead of the weekend. Advertising message vans will be touring the county’s popular spots this weekend, focusing on areas that have been seeing high numbers of residents in recent days and weeks. The vans will be displaying reminders that people … Continue reading

Surrey partners working together to deal with dramatic rise in COVID-19

Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum is putting additional measures in-place to support hospitals, social care, and other front-line services, as they battle to deal with very high and rising rates of Covid-19 infections across the county. Surrey now has one of the highest infection rates per 100,000 people in the UK.  The infection rate across the … Continue reading

Surrey Schools scammed by subscription traps

Several Surrey schools have been scammed by subscription traps locking them into costly repeat payments after appearing ‘free’. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards are warning residents, business and other organisations not to fall victim to online subscription traps after the schools lost out on over several hundred pounds each. Subscription traps take place when you … Continue reading

Statement on national lockdown announcement

Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “Last night the Prime Minister announced that a new national lockdown would come into effect today, Tuesday 5 January. “While this news is not wholly unexpected, it has a huge impact on all our lives and it is not the start to 2021 that we had hoped … Continue reading

OBE for retired Surrey County Council officer who cared for the carers

A recently retired Surrey County Council officer who worked for 26 years to improve the lives of unpaid carers has been made an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.  John Bangs (pictured right), who left the council in September, was honoured for services to carers. John was senior commissioning manager for carers who worked … Continue reading

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