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Denise Le Gal

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Multi-million-pound Surrey regeneration plans submitted

A major community regeneration project has taken another step forward after plans were submitted for permission. Flats, shops, a library and community centre and a supermarket are among the proposals for the Portland Drive area of Merstham. In December, Surrey County Council approved a partnership with Reigate & Banstead Council and a housing association to … Continue reading

Striking better deals saves more than £100 million

Striking better deals has pushed county council savings for Surrey taxpayers beyond £100 million in four years. That sum would be enough to build almost a third of the school places the council needs to find to meet demand from a surging birth rate. The negotiation work done by the council’s procurement team and staff … Continue reading

Surrey and East Sussex join forces to slash cost of revamping libraries

Surrey and East Sussex have joined forces to boost their buying power and slash the cost of revamping libraries by almost a third. Firms have agreed to discount the price of the likes of carpets, lighting and furniture by up to 27% after the two county councils teamed up to harness their collective clout. It … Continue reading

Surrey on course to save £100m in four years by striking better deals

Surrey County Council is on course to save local taxpayers £100 million inside four years by striking better deals. That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s project to tear up more than 300 miles of road most in need of improvement and rebuild many of them from scratch. Driving harder bargains saved … Continue reading

Dozens of youngsters to benefit from Surrey County Council employment scheme

More than 50 young people are set to get a foot on the job ladder thanks to a county council employer shadowing scheme. Under the so-called work pairing scheme, 55 youngsters will be offered up to 26 weeks’ paid work experience with businesses that could, if successful, lead to an apprenticeship or other full-time employment. … Continue reading

Innovative apprenticeship scheme launched for smaller businesses

An innovative apprenticeship scheme that allows several firms to share the training of the next generation of their workforce has been launched by Surrey County Council. The initiative is tailored to small and medium-sized building businesses that want to enjoy the benefits of hiring an apprentice but find it difficult to commit to long-term training. … Continue reading

Surrey and East Sussex county councils make innovative appointment to deliver savings

A senior manager responsible for overseeing multi-million-pound savings since joining Surrey County Council has been appointed to a joint role with a neighbouring authority. Since arriving at Surrey County Council in 2010, Laura Langstaff has supported services to deliver £70 million of savings over the last three years in her role as deputy of the … Continue reading

Sharing services to save up to £500,000 a year

Merging administrative services is putting two county councils on track to save up to £500,000 a year. Surrey and East Sussex have pooled their payroll, pensions and accounts functions to reduce overheads and streamline management systems while also agreeing to share Surrey’s data centre. The initiative comes after the two councils joined forces to strike … Continue reading

Striking better deals saves Surrey £13,000 an hour for year

Surrey County Council has saved local taxpayers nearly £13,000 every hour for a year by driving harder bargains. Tough negotiating with the likes of IT businesses, building firms and energy suppliers helped the council save £27 million in the last financial year. The sum, which beat the £25m target, equates to almost £12,980 an hour … Continue reading

Surrey features in Guardian debate on cutting energy bills

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Change and Efficiency Denise Le Gal and Senior Category Specialist Barry Purdy participated in an online debate organised by the Guardian about local energy saving schemes. They highlighted the council’s switch and save initiative to cut gas and electricity bills. To view the debate, follow this link. To register for … Continue reading

Surrey joins forces with councils nationwide to drive down energy bills

Surrey has joined forces with councils nationwide in a bid to help drive down energy bills. Already more than 6,000 people have registered for the county council’s switch and save scheme. Now the authority has teamed up with more than 60 councils to make the most of their collective clout. It means they will potentially … Continue reading

Up to 160 people a day register for energy switching scheme

Up to 160 people a day have been registering for a scheme to help people cut the cost of heating and lighting. More than 4,000 people have now signed up to Surrrey County Council’s switch and save initiative, which uses people’s combined buying power to negotiate cheaper energy bills. Surrey’s scheme, which has been backed by … Continue reading

New website to boost apprenticeships and bolster business

A new website is being launched to boost apprenticeships and bolster firms’ chances of winning public sector contracts in Surrey. Supply2Surrey aims to match firms with apprentice hopefuls and list contracts on offer from Surrey County Council, the 11 district and borough authorities and Surrey Police. The launch of the site is being spearheaded by … Continue reading

People urged to join scheme to cut energy bills

With a cold snap gripping the country, people are being urged to sign up to a scheme to help cut the cost of heating and lighting. Surrey County Council’s ‘switch and save’ initiative aims to drive down the cost of people’s next annual energy bill by as much as £200 by negotiating a group deal … Continue reading

Councils’ shared services plan to make savings

Plans to share more services with East Sussex County Council to boost buying power and make savings have been unveiled in a new Cabinet report. Surrey County Council has revealed it is finalising a proposal to join forces with the East Sussex authority to merge payroll and accounts functions. They are also set to do … Continue reading

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