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Surrey drug and alcohol service earns national recognition

Putting resident feedback at the heart of redesigning a drug and alcohol treatment service has earned Surrey partners national recognition. The team behind the i-access service – a partnership between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey County Council and Catalyst, a specialist non-profit organisation – were finalists at the Health Service Journal Partnership … Continue reading

VIDEO: Health and social care champion secures new contract to give residents a strong voice in shaping services

A local health and social care champion has secured a new, longer contract to continue seeking residents’ views on the services they receive. Healthwatch Surrey is an independent organisation which gives people in Surrey a strong voice to help improve, shape and get the best from local health and social care services. It uses residents’ … Continue reading

‘Breakthrough’ in mission to improve Farnham’s air quality

A Farnham Project Board has been set up by Surrey County Council and agreed by Waverley Borough and Farnham Town councils to help deliver a 25-year Masterplan for Farnham and tackle the town’s air quality issues. The board will be chaired by the Leader of Surrey County Council and also include Waverley Borough Council, and … Continue reading

Dementia advisers support 75 people every month

A dedicated team of dementia advisers are supporting 75 people with the condition every month to live as independently as their health allows. The role of the specialist advisers is summed up in their name – Dementia Navigators. They work with individuals, their carers and families to navigate the system and get help or access … Continue reading

Council pilots survey asking children and young people across Surrey what matters to them

Surrey County Council is piloting a new way of consulting children and young people in Surrey on what is important to them. The survey, intended to run annually, will provide a benchmark of what key things young people understand, care about, worry about, and are interested in, in relation to their community, health and happiness. … Continue reading

Five ways that new homes for older people will be purpose-built and fit for the future

New extra care housing for Surrey will boast an array of technology and design features to help older people live independently in their own homes. Design blueprints are being drawn up for new housing that Surrey County Council is providing to enable residents to enjoy privacy and independence with their own front door and the … Continue reading

Woking transport and housing scheme passes latest milestone

Responding to Woking Borough Council approving the next stage of a £115 million housing, road and rail scheme for Woking town centre, Colin Kemp, Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council, said: “I’m pleased that another key milestone has been passed as we prepare to turn these ambitious plans for Woking Town Centre and the surrounding … Continue reading

Surrey County Council wins funding from EM3 LEP for electric vehicle charging points

Surrey County Council has been awarded £470,000 to install 80 fast on-street charging points for electric vehicles across Woking, Spelthorne, Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils in the next year. The partner boroughs have provided a combined match funding of £170,000 and along with an additional £15,000 private sector funding, the total project budget is £656,000. … Continue reading

Cabinet member calls for fairer funding for Surrey’s roads

A new analysis, produced by County Councils Network (CCN), shows that councils in London are able to invest over three times the amount in roads compared to shire county authorities in rural areas. CCN says that motorists in their areas are ‘poor relations’ to those in the major cities, because of lower funding for shire counties and regional investment being disproportionately … Continue reading

Surrey Pride 2020

Building on the success of last year’s first ever Surrey Pride, Surrey County Council are pleased to announce their support for Surrey Pride 2020. This year’s launch event took place at the HG Wells Conference and Event Centre in Woking where this year’s sponsors and events were revealed. This year Surrey Pride will be going … Continue reading

Surrey County Council proposes ‘forward-thinking’ 2020/21 budget

Surrey County Council have proposed an ambitious and forward-thinking budget for the new financial year 2020-21, with a huge investment programme for the County. While budget pressures remain, the council’s finances are back on a stable footing after two years of emphasis on efficiencies – with around £200m of cost reductions from the budget since … Continue reading

Surrey to handle 999 calls for East Sussex

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will take 999 calls for East Sussex from 2021. The transfer of mobilising arrangements to Surrey was approved at a meeting of East Sussex’s Fire Authority today (Thursday 09 January 2020). This follows the successful transfer of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s 999 calls to Surrey’s state of the … Continue reading

Surrey County Council to receive LGA funding as part of “nudge” programme

Surrey County Council is to receive Local Government Association funding to find ways to encourage people living and working in Surrey to travel to work sustainably. Matt Furniss, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This funding will help us identify different ways to encourage and enable Surrey residents and people working in the county to take … Continue reading

New homes will support independent living, with a helping hand from Alexa

New homes have opened in Surrey to help people who need extra support live independently in the community. A specially-designed property containing nine homes has opened in Redhill to give people with learning disabilities or autism their own front door and key. Support staff are always on hand and flats are kitted out with the … Continue reading

Keeping safe at Christmas

Keeping you safe at Christmas Christmas dinner, wrapping presents, decorating your home – there’s lots to think about this Christmas. While fire safety is vital throughout the year, the extra distractions of Christmas make it especially important to be vigilant. Dan Quin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer says: “Christmas is a time for festive cheer with … Continue reading

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