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VIDEO: Budget pressures are ‘number one challenge’ – Surrey leader

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told today’s meeting of Full Council that addressing budget pressures will be his “number one challenge” over the coming years as demand for services like adult social care and school places continues to spiral.

ROUND UP: Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted; Former firefighter awarded MBE; More than 100 companies attend Build Surrey event

Surrey adult learning service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted  A Surrey County Council service providing education for adults, including those with disabilities and learning difficulties, is performing well, according to Ofsted. The authority’s adult learning service was judged to be ‘good’ following an inspection last month. Ofsted said “learners make good progress on all courses”, praised … Continue reading

Denise Turner-Stewart wins county council by-election

Conservative Denise Turner-Stewart has won the Surrey County Council by-election for the Staines South and Ashford West Division. She was elected as the county councillor after securing 1,585 votes – 890 more than nearest rival Peter Appleford (UK Independence Party (UKIP). The by-election was called after Daniel Jenkins (UK Independence Party (UKIP) stood down. By-election votes: Peter Appleford (UK Independence … Continue reading

ROUND UP: New High Sheriff of Surrey takes over; Fire service win road safety award

New High Sheriff of Surrey takes over Richard Whittington has taken over as the new High Sheriff of Surrey at a ceremony at Guildford Cathedral. Mr Whittington, who is from Chobham and is a distant relative of former Lord Mayor of London Dick Whittington, takes over from Mrs Elizabeth Kennedy and began work on Friday … Continue reading

Four councils sharing legal services to save £1 million a year

Plans to bring together the legal operations of four South East local authorities with the aim of generating savings of £1 million annually within three years have been signed off. Surrey County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and East and West Sussex County Councils have given the go-ahead for what is thought to be … Continue reading

Minister welcomes case for Three Southern Counties devolution

Leaders behind the devolution bid for three of England’s strongest performing counties have outlined to Government how their plan would boost growth for the region’s residents. Communities Minister Baroness Williams heard the proposals for how East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex would work together to help tackle the congested road and rail network, pioneer new … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on funding and partnerships

With the county council’s budgets under growing pressure from rising demand for services like adult social care, Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of today’s Cabinet to underline the need for the government to listen to funding worries and to stress the importance of partnerships.

VIDEO: Prime Minister praises council for making savings

David Cameron has praised the county council for making savings by working with other public services in a letter to David Hodge. The Surrey leader revealed the Prime Minister’s message at a meeting of today’s Full Council after reiterating the enormous financial impact of rising demand for services like elderly care and school places. A copy … Continue reading

Surrey County Council becomes a fostering friendly employer

A Surrey County Council highways worker who fosters child asylum-seekers has welcomed the authority becoming a fostering friendly employer. Mark Davies will get more help to balance his work and caring responsibilities now the county council has begun formally recognising the needs of staff who give a loving home to vulnerable children. Mr Davies, of … Continue reading

Karan Persand wins county council by-election

Conservative Karan Persand has won the Surrey County Council by-election for the Epsom West Division. He was elected as the county councillor after securing 612 votes – 21 more than nearest rival Neil Dallen (Residents Associations of Epsom and Ewell). The by-election was called after Stella Lallement stood down. By-election votes: Kate Chinn (Labour Party) 578 Chris Crook (Green Party) 58 Neil … Continue reading

Striking better deals saves more than £8 million in six months

Striking better deals has seen the county council save Surrey taxpayers more than £8 million in just six months. The money saved, which has come through negotiation work done by the council’s procurement team and staff in other services, means more than £33 million has now been saved in the last 18 months, sending the … Continue reading

Surrey leader welcomes business rates announcement

The government’s announcement that all business rates will go to councils was welcomed by Surrey leader David Hodge at Full Council this week.

ROUND UP: Rich history recognised; Deciding your next career step; How to become a county councillor

Rich history recognised More than 250 people flocked to this year’s Surrey Heritage Showcase featuring advice on creating a family tree and activities for children. The event in Shere, which was opened by Surrey County Council Chairman Sally Marks, gave those attending the chance to learn more about the rich history of the village and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey co-responding trial scheme set to begin

Firefighters will respond to certain medical emergencies as part of a potentially life-saving pilot scheme. Read the press release issued by the South East Coast Ambulance Service here. High-res images can be downloaded from our flickr pages.   

Sam Gyimah MP meets Surrey County Council leader David Hodge

School places, infrastructure and Surrey’s bid for devolved powers were top of the agenda when East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah met Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge. Mr Gyimah, who is also Childcare and Education Minister, visited County Hall last week for a meeting with Mr Hodge and senior county council officers. Mr Hodge said: … Continue reading

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