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Surrey County Council to continue providing Free School Meals over half term

This half term, Surrey County Council is continuing to ensure all 18,000 children in the county eligible for Free School Meals are supported. This is using money provided by the government as part of £170m COVID Winter Support Grant announced in November 2020. The Winter Support Grant has so far supported 26,661 households in Surrey … Continue reading

Care home residents celebrate getting Covid-19 vaccinations

Care home residents have celebrated getting their Covid-19 vaccinations with banners and some bubbly. All Surrey care homes which support older people have now been visited by vaccination teams offering the first dose of the Covid-19 jab. At Greys Residential Home, in Woking, residents enjoyed a glass of fizz and posed with placards after getting … Continue reading

Symptom-free community testing initiative to start rolling out in Surrey

Targeted community testing initiative to launch to drive down transmission rates Testing to begin in Surrey to help protect people most at risk, using rapid turnaround tests supplied by NHS Test and Trace The Targeted Community Testing initiative, in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care, will initially launch in Woking, Spelthorne and … Continue reading

‘Thank you’ – surge testing operation complete in Egham and Thorpe

The surge testing operation to understand the spread of a South African variant of COVID-19 in parts of Egham and Thorpe has now been completed. The operation to test residents in particular areas followed a similar process in Woking last week. Initial numbers from the operation, which began on Saturday and finished on Thursday afternoon, … Continue reading

Green light for scheme to cut congestion on Surrey’s roads

A scheme designed to reduce congestion on the county’s busiest roads has been given the go-ahead to start in April 2021. Surrey’s new Lane Rental Scheme will give utility companies and the county council’s highways teams who need to close a road or lane to complete roadworks, a financial incentive to carry works out during … Continue reading

Spotlight on Surrey

A major new series of spotlight events will highlight the importance of Surrey as a place to do business and how it is gearing up for a post-pandemic world. The online showcase events kick-off on Thursday February 11 and the focus will be on the Surrey based cluster of major names in the pharma/life science … Continue reading

‘Thank you’ – surge testing operation complete in Woking

The surge testing operation to understand the spread of a South African variant of COVID-19 in parts of Woking has now been completed. Initial numbers from the operation, which began on Tuesday and finished on Saturday afternoon, show that over 90% of test kits delivered have been done and collected – a fantastic response from … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service wins landmark court case against unsafe vessel on River Thames

After almost two years, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has won a landmark court case against an extremely unsafe vessel on the River Thames. The 10-bedroomed vessel ‘RoR’ (also known as Rhythm of the River) was being used as a bed and breakfast style resort for both long and short-term stays. The case started … Continue reading

Update on Surge Testing operation

The COVID-19 Surge Testing operation in Woking is now in its third day, with a fantastic response from residents in the selected area. More than 74% of residents contacted have returned a testing kit, with results already being issued. 5,029 kits were delivered by the end of Wednesday, with more than half of the selected … Continue reading

Surrey County Council supports inaugural business sustainability awards

Surrey County Council is headline sponsor for the new Surrey CREST21 Business Awards, which have been founded by the Woking News & Mail, in association with the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability. The awards aim to recognise the positive work by businesses, based in and around Woking, to protect the environment and … Continue reading

Calling all Veterans across Surrey and beyond!

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and Surrey Civilian-Military Partnership Board (SCMPB) are delighted to host their second online Veteran’s Hub on Tuesday 2 March from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. In addition to offering comradery, the hub will provide veterans, ex-service personnel and their families with the opportunity to get together virtually to receive support and advice … Continue reading

Fairer Special Educational Needs funding for schools

Surrey County Council is altering one aspect of Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding in order to better target available money across schools most in need and improve outcomes for children with SEN. This follows a consultation process undertaken in late 2020, looking at whether discretionary payments to schools based on numbers of children with Education … Continue reading

Statement: Surge testing operation launched

Surrey Local Resilience Forum (SLRF) is working with Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care to carry out a localised ‘surge testing’ programme in the Goldsworth Park and St Johns areas of Woking. This follows notification that a specific variant of COVID-19 has been identified from two positive tests in the … Continue reading

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

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