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Nicola Adams inspires young riders to take up 46-mile challenge

Two-time Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE today joined students and teachers from Teach First, the social mobility charity tackling educational inequality, at the Lee Valley VeloPark for the official launch of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. Adams is taking on the challenge of cycling the 46 mile … Continue reading

VIDEO: Difficult decisions lie ahead – Surrey leader

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told today’s Cabinet meeting that finding savings of £123 million over the next year means difficult decisions lie ahead.

VIDEO: Beauty and the Beast helping county council generate £370,000 from filming

Following last night’s London premiere of Beauty and the Beast, the county council has revealed that the blockbuster, which was partly shot in Surrey, has helped to put the authority on track to generate around £370,000 over three years to reinvest in services. That is the sum the remake of the popular animated classic, other movies such as Legend and … Continue reading

Surrey company director who laundered cash must pay back scam victims

A Surrey company director who laundered cash from a double scam has been ordered to pay back almost a quarter of a million pounds. Gary Booker, of Queens Avenue, Byfleet, was convicted of money laundering last July following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards working with Thames Valley Police. In 2013 a scam … Continue reading

Surrey Leader receives CBE from the Queen

Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today received his CBE from Her Majesty The Queen. Following the investiture at Buckingham Palace, Mr Hodge said: “It was an unforgettable day, a fantastic experience for my family and recognition of the outstanding work of thousands of county council staff and voluntary workers across Surrey. “Collecting my CBE from the … Continue reading

RideLondon’s £245,000 Surrey boost

Three organisations have secured a total of nearly £245,000 thanks to Surrey’s role in the Prudential RideLondon cycling festival – taking the sum handed to groups and charities in the county since the first event to more than £2 million. Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled Association Group received a grant of £150,000 towards improvements to the indoor … Continue reading

Surrey trader who laundered cash in driveway repair scam must pay back £15,000 to victims

A Surrey trader who laundered cash from a driveway repair scam has been ordered to repay £15,000 to two vulnerable residents. Charles Smailes, 22, of Stone Hill Road, Ottershaw was given a suspended jail sentence last year for his role in crimes which involved charging excessive sums for poor quality paving and landscaping work. He … Continue reading

Drop in fly-tipping saves Surrey taxpayers £125,000 in 10 months

A drop of 1,100 tonnes in fly-tipped waste over the past 10 months has saved Surrey taxpayers £125,000. Figures from Surrey County Council show that 2,749 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish were picked up by district and borough councils between April last year and January – a fall of 30 per cent on the previous 10-month … Continue reading

Pavement Horizon covers the distance from Guildford to Portsmouth

Enough footpaths have already been given the Pavement Horizon treatment to cover the distance from Guildford to Portsmouth by car. Laid end to end, all the work completed by the end of last month would stretch 43 miles – roughly the equivalent of driving from Camberley in west Surrey to Lingfield in the south east of the … Continue reading

Trading standards warns over labelling of popular baby products

Shops and online retailers are selling two popular baby products without safety warnings despite a series of deaths from suffocation, a trading standards investigation has found. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards led research into safety information provided with nappy bags and pouch-style baby slings sold by high street stores and web-based retailers. Spot checks made … Continue reading

Statement from Surrey County Council Leader following council tax decision

Statement from David Hodge Leader of Surrey County Council: “Surrey’s decision not to proceed with a 15% council tax increase was ours alone and there has been no deal between Surrey County Council and the Government. However, I am confident that the Government now understands the real pressures in adult social care and the need … Continue reading

Surrey Leader proposes new recommendations for budget 2017/18

Council voted to approve a 4.99% rise in council tax following recommendation from Leader David Hodge.

VIDEO: Cabinet unanimously approves plans for 15% council tax rise

Members of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet today unanimously approved a proposal to increase council tax by 15%. The Cabinet’s recommendation will now be considered at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 7 February.

Demand for highest levels of social care soars by more than 50%

With two-thirds of the council’s spending going on the wellbeing of adults and children, it has been revealed that the number of older people in Surrey needing the highest levels of care from the council soared by more than 50% in five years. In 2011, 240 people aged over 65 received help from the authority for … Continue reading

VIDEO: 65p in every council pound goes on children and adults’ wellbeing

As demand for critical services continues to rise, Surrey leader David Hodge has revealed that almost two thirds of the county council’s spending goes on the wellbeing of adults and children – 65 pence in every pound. In the video below he points to the number of older people needing the highest level of care … Continue reading

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