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Trading standards lands key role protecting consumers from misleading advertising

Surrey’s trading standards team – jointly run with Buckinghamshire – has been awarded a contract to help protect consumers and businesses from misleading print and other non-broadcast advertising. The service has been appointed by National Trading Standards to provide enforcement services to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). It means the ASA will now refer businesses and … Continue reading

VIDEO: Behind the scenes as new fire service recruits train to keep people safe

Take a look behind the scenes as new fire service recruits are put through their paces during training. Three fire services have joined 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 … Continue reading

Former Surrey foster child backs campaign to find new carers

A former Surrey foster child who credits his foster family with turning his life around is backing a new campaign to find more carers. Lewis says his foster family gave him stability and a sense of self-worth which helped him achieve 12 GCSEs and a job he loves. He said: “My early childhood consisted of … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader Tim Oliver’s Full Council speech

Surrey County Council leader Tim Oliver talks about listening to the feedback given in the five recent public consultations, partnership working to provide “more efficient and seamless services” and a council tax increase of 2.99% for 2019/20 in his Full Council speech today.

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 due to take place on Surrey’s roads.

Joint fire emergency mobilising system for Surrey and West Sussex

Surrey and West Sussex fire and rescue services are to move to a joint 999 mobilising system. It follows a decision taken by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities today (1 February). West Sussex made a full assessment of the options available for mobilising systems with other fire and rescue services. It … Continue reading

Snow falls across Surrey

  With snow falling across parts of Surrey, the council’s fleet of gritters has been out spreading salt on the county’s roads. Surrey County Council stockpiled 12,500 tonnes of salt ahead of the winter and has a fleet of 37 gritters to help keep the county moving, while an army of farmers equipped with spreaders … Continue reading

County council backs community bid to welcome Syrian refugee family to Mole Valley

Surrey County Council is supporting an application from a community group to sponsor a family fleeing conflict in Syria to settle in Mole Valley. Mary Lewis, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, took the decision on 22 January. More details are available here. Mrs Lewis said: “I’m pleased to support this community bid … Continue reading

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.

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

VIDEO: Cabinet to consider proposals for services following public consultation

  Surrey County Council’s Cabinet will next week consider the authority’s proposals for a number of service changes following five public consultations which ended at the start of January. The consultations asked for Surrey residents to feedback on proposals relating to concessionary bus travel for disabled people, children’s centres, libraries, services for children and young … 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.

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