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Denise Turner-Stewart

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Surrey County Council to continue providing vulnerable families with supermarket food vouchers over October half term

Surrey County Council has today announced it will fund one £15 food voucher per eligible child or young person, which can be used in supermarkets and some local shops over the October half-term period. These vouchers will be provided to families whose children are entitled to benefits-related Free School Meals via email or text and … Continue reading

290 new school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Surrey

As part of Surrey County’s Council ambition for children and young people to live, learn and grow up locally, the Council has created 220 new specialist school places in Surrey’s special schools and specialist centres in mainstream primary and secondary schools, and an additional 70 temporary places. In readiness for the new academic year 2021-2022, … Continue reading

Surrey launches new strategy to improve the lives of autistic people  

A new strategy has been published today that hopes to improve the lives of the estimated 12,300 people including children and young people living in Surrey with autism. Surrey’s All-Age Autism (AAA) Strategy 2021-26 will help break down barriers and inequalities that autistic children, young people and adults face in education, health, social care, work and communities.  The AAA strategy was developed after a public consultation in 2020 and created with autistic people, their families and carers and professionals from … Continue reading

Surrey Education partners launch children’s ‘brighter futures’ speech and language campaign

Surrey County Council and Education partners, including Schools Alliance for Excellence (SAfE) and early year providers, have come together to share five simple and fun ways for parents, carers and grandparents to help develop speech and language with their young children.  National research has shown that some young children’s speech and language development has been … Continue reading

New Cabinet formally announced at Council’s AGM

Surrey County Council’s new Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Leader of the Council, Cabinet and Select Committee members were elected and confirmed today at the Council’s AGM. The meeting was held in person but with COVID-19 control measures in place, at the Council’s new HQ at Wodhatch Place, Reigate. Cllr Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey’s Conservative group, was … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service wins landmark court case against unsafe vessel on River Thames

After almost two years, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has won a landmark court case against an extremely unsafe vessel on the River Thames. The 10-bedroomed vessel ‘RoR’ (also known as Rhythm of the River) was being used as a bed and breakfast style resort for both long and short-term stays. The case started … Continue reading

Trading Standards investigation leads to three year sentence for fraudsters

A fraudster and his accomplice have both received prison sentences after being found guilty of scamming residents as unqualified roofers, following a Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards investigation. James Smith (28, Cranleigh, Surrey) and Timothy Draper Smith (52, Staines) were trading as James Gutters and Roofing Ltd between August 2017 and February 2019. Over this … Continue reading

Covid-19 inspection report praises Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service was inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in September 2020, regarding the way in which they responded to the Covid-19 pandemic; the findings have been published today. The service summarised HMICFRS’s findings as: The service – was able to make an effective initial … Continue reading

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service welcomes 12 new firefighters

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) welcomed 12 new firefighters into the service last month. Out of the group, 10 are wholetime and two on-call. The group of wholetime have completed their 14-week training which started on Monday 14 September. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the pass out parade has been postponed and will be … Continue reading

Surrey Schools scammed by subscription traps

Several Surrey schools have been scammed by subscription traps locking them into costly repeat payments after appearing ‘free’. Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards are warning residents, business and other organisations not to fall victim to online subscription traps after the schools lost out on over several hundred pounds each. Subscription traps take place when you … Continue reading

Don’t let the cold (callers) in your home this winter

Doorstep scams increase during the winter periods, with over a third of all reported incidents occurring during the months of January to March. This is due to bogus callers and rogue traders taking advantage of our need for a safe, warm and dry home during the bad weather. When rain, sleet or snow sets in … Continue reading

Fire Service plea to prevent Christmas cooking chaos

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS) is reminding residents of how to prevent festive fires in the kitchen this Christmas. This comes as the Service reports that during the festive period they see a 33% increase in house fires, with kitchen and chimney fires accounting for majority of them. These fires are particularly common amongst … Continue reading

Trainee Firefighters ‘Cycling home for Christmas’ in aid of charity

Surrey Fire and Rescue Services (SFRS) new firefighter recruits will be cycling the distance between the service’s Headquarters and their homes on Wednesday 16 December, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. The Santa-suit clad group of 10 will be cycling home for Christmas to an equivalent of 543 miles on indoor bikes. Their fantastic … Continue reading

Fire service and Trading Standards safety plea to Surrey residents ahead of Hallowe’en and bonfire night

With so many organised firework displays cancelled this year due to COVID-19, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards are reminding residents to be safe and consider others. During October to November 2019, SFRS attended one firework related call and eight false alarms regarding bonfires being misconstrued as house fires. … Continue reading

Surrey to focus on more local community-led sporting events

The future of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event continuing in Surrey beyond 2021 will be decided by Cabinet on 27 October. It is proposed in the report that Surrey will not take up the option to support this event for a further five years and will instead support, as previously agreed, the reduced 2021 Prudential … Continue reading

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