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Surrey County Council appoints new Executive Director of Children, Families and Lifelong Learning

Surrey County Council (SCC) has appointed Rachael Wardell as its new Executive Director of Children, Families and Lifelong Learning. She takes up the post in early December, joining from her current role as Director of Children, Schools and Families for the London Borough of Merton. Previously Rachael spent five years as Director of Children’s Services … Continue reading

Surrey Builds More Refuge Accommodation for Families Escaping Domestic Abuse

Surrey County Council has worked at pace with partners to provide more emergency refuge accommodation for families escaping domestic abuse. National demand for domestic abuse support has increased during the lockdown as people have been more isolated and less able to leave their houses for help. In June, calls to the Your Sanctuary Domestic Abuse … Continue reading

Surrey publish plan of action to tackle spread of COVID-19 locally

Surrey County Council has published its Local Outbreak Control Plan, outlining its readiness to control the spread of COVID-19 and quickly manage any local spike in infections. Surrey is one of 11 ‘good practice’ areas across England chosen to work together to innovate and share best practice in the development of Local Outbreak Control Plans. … Continue reading

Royal guest visits team at the heart of COVID-19 emergency response

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, made a visit yesterday (Wednesday 17 June) to see first-hand the work undertaken by Surrey’s Strategic Coordination Group – a team of officers who for several months have led the county’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team of senior leaders from partner organisations across Surrey have been leading … Continue reading

‘We will listen’: Council Leader Tim Oliver statement on Black Lives Matter campaign

The scenes in America recently have been extremely hard to watch. But watch, and listen, we must. The callous murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officers in the US, was both shocking and disturbing. It is abundantly clear that the anger and frustration expressed by the black community across the world is … Continue reading

New virtual wellbeing and mental health interactive hub launches in Surrey

A new online wellbeing hub has launched today enabling Surrey residents to access a range of mental health and emotional wellbeing sessions virtually from the comfort of their own home. Surrey Virtual Wellbeing is designed to become a one-stop-shop where those who require mental health or emotional wellbeing support can view, register and access online … Continue reading

Surrey County Council launch Surrey’s Climate Change Strategy

Following their declaration of a climate emergency in July 2019, Surrey County Council (SCC) has today approved Surrey’s Climate Change Strategy, a collective approach for how the County can be net zero carbon by 2050. The strategy was developed by Surrey’s 12 local authorities and is the result of a shared ambition across the county … Continue reading

Community helpline receives 250 calls a day

Surrey’s coronavirus community helpline is receiving 250 calls a day from people needing support or volunteering to help others. Call handlers equipped to work remotely are making sure that vulnerable people who need support are matched with groups or services which can help. They are working closely with colleagues in Surrey’s district and boroughs councils … Continue reading

Food deliveries begin from Spectrum Centre hub to most vulnerable residents

Food parcels are starting to be delivered from a Surrey hub to vulnerable people who are shielding from coronavirus. Guildford’s Spectrum Leisure Centre has been turned into a base for sending out food supplies on behalf of the Government to hundreds of people who are extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 due to medical conditions. An army … Continue reading

AUDIO: Council Leader Tim Oliver speaks to BBC Surrey about Coronavirus

Surrey County Council Leader Tim Oliver speaks to BBC Surrey to provide an update on the response to COVID-19 and pay tribute to dedicated frontline staff. – Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey.

Surrey County Council launches new helpline to coordinate Coronavirus efforts

Surrey County Council has set up a Community Helpline number (0300 200 1008). The purpose of the community phone line is to help direct residents who need support, such as picking up shopping, prescription collections or having someone who can be a telephone friend, to services who can help. It also aims to provide advice … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council Leader Tim Oliver addresses the meeting of Full Council, outlining the response to Coronavirus

In the speech to Full Council, leader Tim Oliver acknowledged that “we are in the midst of a public health emergency, one that will test our resilience as an organisation and will need strong leadership to guide us through.” The leader praised the work already taking place in Surrey to deal with the impact of … Continue reading

‘Breakthrough’ in mission to improve Farnham’s air quality

A Farnham Project Board has been set up by Surrey County Council and agreed by Waverley Borough and Farnham Town councils to help deliver a 25-year Masterplan for Farnham and tackle the town’s air quality issues. The board will be chaired by the Leader of Surrey County Council and also include Waverley Borough Council, and … Continue reading

Surrey County Council proposes ‘forward-thinking’ 2020/21 budget

Surrey County Council have proposed an ambitious and forward-thinking budget for the new financial year 2020-21, with a huge investment programme for the County. While budget pressures remain, the council’s finances are back on a stable footing after two years of emphasis on efficiencies – with around £200m of cost reductions from the budget since … Continue reading

Surrey County Council appoints three new Executive Directors

Surrey County Council has appointed three new executive directors to its top team following the appointment of Chief Executive Joanna Killian in March. Jason Russell and Michael Coughlin will become Executive Director for Highways, Transport & Environment and Executive Director for Customer, Digital & Transformation respectively, having taken on the roles as interims in recent … Continue reading

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