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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

Surrey’s children’s services substantially improved says Ofsted in latest monitoring visit

Children’s services at Surrey County Council have improved substantially over the past year according to an Ofsted report following a monitoring visit last month; the report states that “senior leaders and managers have made substantial progress in improving the response to children who are at risk of significant harm.” Ofsted observed substantial progress in Surrey’s … Continue reading

Helping Surrey’s carers get into sport

A new initiative has launched to help more carers get involved with and enjoy sport in Surrey. The Surrey Carers Sporting Collaborative brings together Surrey County Council, the Diocese of Guildford and Action for Carers Surrey. Along with Surrey County Cricket Club, Surrey Football Association and Surrey Rugby, the partnership is exploring ways to enable … Continue reading

HMICFRS report finds Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has made “significant progress”.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services has reported that Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has made “significant progress” in a number of areas since their previous inspection in 2018. The HMICFRS inspection team revisited SFRS in September 2019. They went to two stations, spoke to our staff and operational managers, and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey veterans enjoy community support thanks to drop-in hubs

A children’s choir provided Christmas entertainment for Epsom and Ewell veterans at a drop-in hub to support them in their community. The Epsom and Ewell Veterans Community Hub is one of several around Surrey aimed at expanding support for former servicemen and women, both younger and older. As well as offering practical advice, the hubs … Continue reading

Working together to protect young people in Surrey

Surrey County Council recently hosted a conference to raise awareness of child exploitation and abuse within Surrey. With partnership support from Surrey Police and the Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership, the Safeguarding Adolescents to Tackle Child Exploitation Conference took place on 29 November 2019. Delegates including social workers, schools, police and health practitioners, enjoyed insights from … Continue reading

Surrey to handle 999 calls for West Sussex

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service began taking 999 calls for both West Sussex and Surrey as of yesterday (Wednesday 4 December 2019). Control Operators will despatch firefighters and fire engines from West Sussex to emergencies in their county from the joint control room. It will not affect the level of service provided to anyone calling … Continue reading

Help plant new trees in Surrey this Christmas

As Surrey residents have started putting up Christmas trees ready for the festive season, they’re being encouraged to donate £3 to support the Surrey’s Trees for Christmas appeal. Christmas trees are a much-loved part of the festive season, so it’s a perfect time to give something back to the environment and support the planting of … Continue reading

Surrey celebrates its newly qualified social workers

Surrey’s newest social workers were celebrated at an event to mark their first year of practice, during which they have access to regular and focused support to develop their skills, knowledge, capabilities and professional confidence. Bishnu, a newly qualified social worker, said: “We’ve seen a lot of progress here which makes it an exciting place … Continue reading

Tina Thorburn’s latest roadworks update

An update on the works taking place on Surrey’s roads from the county council’s highways team. More information on these roadworks along with details of other works is available at surreycc.gov.uk/roadworks.

Surrey review countryside parking charges

Parking charges in Surrey County Council’s countryside sites could be removed to help promote health and wellbeing, under new proposals. It has been recommended to the council’s cabinet that the charges are stopped from 1 April 2020 as they don’t align with the council’s Community Vision to 2030 and the Health and Wellbeing Strategy. It … Continue reading

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