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AUDIO: BBC Surrey interview about social prescribing work in Surrey

Communities and prevention lead Rebecca Brooker talks to BBC Surrey about the work being done in the Surrey Heartlands area by the county council and the NHS to help people through social prescribing – activities or support to help combat loneliness, get fit or healthy and boost wellbeing. The interview followed the news that NHS … Continue reading

VIDEO: Proposal not to close any recycling centres pending review approved

The county council’s Cabinet today approved a proposal announced by leader Tim Oliver not to close any community recycling centres pending a thorough review of Surrey’s waste and recycling service following a series of consultations.

Pre-inquest review hearing into death of Pte Geoff Gray to be held in London

A pre-inquest review hearing into the death of Private Geoff Gray will take place in London on Friday 1 February 2019 at 2pm. It is being held in advance of the fresh inquest into Pte Gray’s death which is due to begin on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at Surrey Coroner’s Court in Woking. Pte Gray was … Continue reading

New app launched for South East armed forces community

A new mobile app has been launched to signpost members of the armed forces community in Surrey and the South East to support and advice in their area. The “Forces Connect” app is designed to link users in four easy clicks to organisations offering help and support across a wide range of services. The free … Continue reading

Chairman meets with Chinese ambassador to discuss future investment in Surrey

Surrey County Council’s Chairman Tony Samuels has discussed future investment in the county with China’s ambassador to the United Kingdom. Mr Samuels said: “I had the privilege of meeting Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at a Guildhall reception recently. I commented that there were no multi-national Chinese companies in Surrey. He investigated further and subsequently invited me … Continue reading

Surrey announces council tax proposal

Surrey County Council has announced its council tax proposal for 2019/20. The council’s Cabinet will make a formal recommendation on 29 January. A final decision will be taken at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on 5 February. Mel Few, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Our focus has to be on ensuring … Continue reading

Roofer jailed for conning elderly couple with £7,200 repairs bill after failing to use scaffolding

A roofing boss has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after failing to use scaffolding at a Surrey home and charging the elderly residents £7,200 for repairs when a worker fell through the roof. John Thompson (pictured right), 43, left a gaping hole in the couple’s roof when he sent a labourer up without providing scaffolding, … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey adult social care news with Suzannah Townsend

Suzannah Townsend from the county council’s adult social care team rounds up the news from across Surrey.

VIDEO: Tina Thorburn rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads

Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team rounds up the work taking place on Surrey’s roads.

Surrey agencies launch academy to train children’s workforce

Surrey County Council and partner agencies are today launching a new academy to train and support staff who work with children. Surrey Children’s Services Academy will support agencies across the county to work together to offer children and families the best possible help and care. The ambitious initiative is among the first of its kind in … Continue reading

Fire services join forces for firefighter course

Three fire services are joining forces for the first time to run a joint training course for full-time firefighters. Surrey Fire & Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are running the 13-week course which started on Monday 14 January. Twenty-four recruits are taking part – 12 from Surrey, eight … Continue reading

Surrey leader Tim Oliver on long-term plan for NHS

Following today’s news about the NHS’ long-term plan, Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver said: “We’re really pleased to see this 10-year plan published – it contains a welcome focus on preventing ill health, providing early support and improving mental health services. “The extra funding to help health bodies and local government work together is … Continue reading

VIDEO: Electric buses launched in Guildford

A fleet of zero emission buses has been launched in Guildford in what is believed to be the first all electric park and ride service in the UK. The county council, borough council and Stagecoach worked together to bring the single decker vehicles to the town. “Introducing Surrey’s first electric #buses through securing £1.5m in funding … Continue reading

VIDEO: Tina Thorburn rounds up the latest work taking place on Surrey’s roads

Tina Thorburn from the county council’s highways team gives the latest updates about work taking place on Surrey’s roads.

VIDEO: Plans to award contract that will save £26,000 a year on water bill signed off

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet has signed off plans to award a contract to a water supplier that new leader Tim Oliver explained will save an estimated £26,000 a year on current costs.

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