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Work on new homes for people with autism begins

Latest artist’s impressions of planned new homes for people with autism revealed. All the images can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/surreynews Work to build new homes for people with autism and complex conditions has begun after the first shovel was put into the ground by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks marked the start of the building … Continue reading

Fire safety fine for Chinese restaurant firm after 25 people were found living in office building

A Chinese restaurant firm has been fined for fire safety breaches after 25 people were found living in its former head office. HJ Tenger Holdings Ltd was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay a further £9,980 in costs following a prosecution brought by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. When fire safety officers visited the office … Continue reading

Surrey company director who laundered cash must pay back scam victims

A Surrey company director who laundered cash from a double scam has been ordered to pay back almost a quarter of a million pounds. Gary Booker, of Queens Avenue, Byfleet, was convicted of money laundering last July following an investigation by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards working with Thames Valley Police. In 2013 a scam … Continue reading

Surrey trader who laundered cash in driveway repair scam must pay back £15,000 to victims

A Surrey trader who laundered cash from a driveway repair scam has been ordered to repay £15,000 to two vulnerable residents. Charles Smailes, 22, of Stone Hill Road, Ottershaw was given a suspended jail sentence last year for his role in crimes which involved charging excessive sums for poor quality paving and landscaping work. He … Continue reading

Demand for highest levels of social care soars by more than 50%

With two-thirds of the council’s spending going on the wellbeing of adults and children, it has been revealed that the number of older people in Surrey needing the highest levels of care from the council soared by more than 50% in five years. In 2011, 240 people aged over 65 received help from the authority for … Continue reading

VIDEO: 65p in every council pound goes on children and adults’ wellbeing

As demand for critical services continues to rise, Surrey leader David Hodge has revealed that almost two thirds of the county council’s spending goes on the wellbeing of adults and children – 65 pence in every pound. In the video below he points to the number of older people needing the highest level of care … Continue reading

Prime Minister visits cafe offering mental health support

On the day Theresa May pledged to transform the way mental health issues are dealt with, the Prime Minister visited Aldershot’s Wellbeing Centre and Safe Haven – one of six cafe-style drop-in services providing support that are funded by organisations including Surrey County Council, clinical commissioning groups and Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Helyn … Continue reading

Two people every day this year could need council help for a learning disability

Two extra people could need help from Surrey County Council every day this year for a learning disability. By last December, 3,500 people with a learning disability were being supported – a figure that the authority estimates will rise to 3,750 by this April. A repeat of that five-month rate of increase across the whole … Continue reading

Surrey’s carers to get more help to support loved ones

Elderly, disabled and seriously ill loved ones will get more help and support under planned county council contracts to help Surrey’s “unsung heroes”. The county council and Surrey’s six clinical commissioning groups are preparing to sign contracts to give carers breaks to recharge the batteries and provide help with their physical and emotional needs. Doing … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council’s unsung heroes hard at work over the festive period

While families open presents and tuck into Christmas dinner or relax over the new year, it’s business as usual for the council’s unsung heroes who will be serving their communities over the festive period. Peter Martin, Surrey County Council deputy leader, said: “While most of us are opening presents are tucking into a turkey dinner on … Continue reading

County council unveils plans for 600 homes for older and disabled people

Up to 600 homes specially designed for older and disabled people will be created in Surrey within a decade under plans unveiled by the county council. The authority has revealed it aims to free up sites on its land for extra care housing – homes with support staff on hand – and team up with … Continue reading

VIDEO: Progress on health devolution plans set out

County council Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Health Helyn Clack used today’s Full Council meeting to set out the progress made with Surrey Heartlands’ health devolution proposals.

Surrey’s adult social care pressures featured in Guardian

A feature published in today’s Guardian highlighted the severe strain being put on Surrey County Council’s budgets by ever-growing demand for services for older and disabled people. Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Mel Few told the newspaper that it meant the council needed to spend an additional £24 million annually.  

Jail for cowboy roofers who preyed on elderly residents

Two cowboy roofers who fleeced elderly residents out of thousands of pounds by overcharging for poor quality work have been jailed. John Green, 50, of Horton Road, Staines and George Roy, 55, of Holmlea Road, Slough carried out a spate of frauds in Surrey, Hampton and Hertfordshire between 2011 and 2013. Trading under the name … Continue reading

Guardian publishes letter about rising adult social care demand

A letter from Cabinet Member Mel Few explaining how Surrey County Council’s finances are being put under huge strain by rising demand for adult social care services has been published by The Guardian (fifth letter in the list).

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