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VIDEO: Surrey leader on extra government funding and budget

Highlights from David Hodge’s speech at today’s Full Council meeting: Ministers have listened to the case made by Surrey for local government as a whole about pressures faced Surrey secured more than £24 million of the extra £300m funding announced by the government for councils nationally over the next two years Grant of £11.9m this year … Continue reading

Minister welcomes case for Three Southern Counties devolution

Leaders behind the devolution bid for three of England’s strongest performing counties have outlined to Government how their plan would boost growth for the region’s residents. Communities Minister Baroness Williams heard the proposals for how East Sussex, Surrey and West Sussex would work together to help tackle the congested road and rail network, pioneer new … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on funding and partnerships

With the county council’s budgets under growing pressure from rising demand for services like adult social care, Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of today’s Cabinet to underline the need for the government to listen to funding worries and to stress the importance of partnerships.

Surrey leader welcomes business rates announcement

The government’s announcement that all business rates will go to councils was welcomed by Surrey leader David Hodge at Full Council this week.

Surrey welcomes changes to special educational need support but calls for proper funding

Following today’s Government announcement about reforms to services for children with special educational needs and disabilities, Linda Kemeny, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said: “The reforms announced by the Government today will provide important support to our young people with special educational needs and we are delighted to have played a role … Continue reading

Urgent need for an increase in rail capacity

The Government has been asked to help address an urgent need for longer trains, faster journeys and more platforms at railway stations, to reduce overcrowding and boost the economy. In a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening, Surrey County Council asked the minister to help increase rail capacity in the county, … Continue reading

Fire service receives £2 million Government funding

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service will receive £2 million from the Government to improve and expand its emergency control room operation. The funding is an “endorsement of Surrey’s strategy” from central government, according to Surrey’s Chief Fire Officer Russell Pearson. He said: “Following the demise of the national regional control centre programme, some fire and … Continue reading

Powers to cut road work disruption welcomed

Government plans* to give councils more power to cut chaos and congestion caused by utility company road works have been welcomed by one of UK’s largest local authorities. Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake, who oversees more than 3,000 miles of some of the country’s busiest roads, said: “When we … Continue reading

County council loses £15.6 million funding next year

Speaking following yesterday’s (8 December) announcement of the local government finance settlement for next year, Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge said: “Surrey’s grant allocation will reduce by 10% next year or nearly £16m. However, this is in line with what we were expecting and we’re well placed to manage it. “There will continue to … Continue reading

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