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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

Leader asks residents to say what matters to them and help shape Surrey’s future

Leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge asks residents to say what matters to them and help shape Surrey’s future by completing the online survey found here.

Surrey County Council reveals details on extra £5m investment to tackle winter road damage

Following the announcement by Surrey Leader David Hodge on BBC Surrey that the council is investing an extra £5 million in repairing the damage caused by the recent wintry weather, Cabinet member for Highways Colin Kemp gives more details.

Training launched for frontline Surrey staff to help meet needs of armed forces community

The county council has launched a training course for frontline public services staff across Surrey to help meet the needs of military personnel and veterans. The online course explains how the council and many other public bodies are committed through the Armed Forces Covenant to ensuring servicemen and women, as well as reservists and veterans, … Continue reading

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, announces proposal to seek a council tax rise of 15%

David Hodge, Leader of Surrey County Council, has announced a proposal to seek a council tax rise of 15%. He said: “We have to set a budget that will protect vital services for Surrey residents. “Government has cut our annual grant by £170m since 2010 – leaving a huge gap in our budget. “Demand for … Continue reading

VIDEO: Budget pressures are ‘number one challenge’ – Surrey leader

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge told today’s meeting of Full Council that addressing budget pressures will be his “number one challenge” over the coming years as demand for services like adult social care and school places continues to spiral.

Groups receive cash for projects of lasting benefit to communities

A garden play area, a minibus and a community cafe are among the latest projects to win cash from a fund to help people improve their local area. They were among 23 projects to be awarded money from Surrey County Council’s Community Improvements Fund. Leader David Hodge launched the initiative three years ago to give … Continue reading

Sam Gyimah MP meets Surrey County Council leader David Hodge

School places, infrastructure and Surrey’s bid for devolved powers were top of the agenda when East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah met Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge. Mr Gyimah, who is also Childcare and Education Minister, visited County Hall last week for a meeting with Mr Hodge and senior county council officers. Mr Hodge said: … Continue reading

Call for greater powers for the South East goes to government

West Sussex, East Sussex and Surrey county councils will join forces to lead the call for greater powers and freedoms to be devolved to the South East. All three council leaders have signed a letter that has been sent this week to Greg Clark – Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – in … Continue reading

Life-saving defibrillators on all Surrey fire engines

Every fire engine in Surrey has been fitted with a defibrillator to help firefighters save more lives at the scene of emergencies. Surrey County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service has equipped its entire 35-strong fleet with defibrillators to enable crews who are first on the scene to treat casualties suffering a cardiac arrest. At the … Continue reading

Surrey County Council apprenticeship drive helps 1,500

A Surrey County Council drive to create apprenticeships has given more than 1,500 young people a leg up on the career ladder. A target to fill 500 apprentice roles in the last year alone has been beaten two months early, with 562 places taken up in just 10 months. The news was confirmed as National … Continue reading

Surrey on course to make £330million savings over five years

Surrey County Council is on track to make almost £70million of savings for taxpayers this year – almost £190,000 every day. Annual figures are set to show that savings of £69million for the 2014/15 financial year will be achieved when it ends next month, propelling the total saved in five years to almost £330million. That … Continue reading

Jeremy Hunt and Surrey leader discuss improving flood defences

Picture caption: County council Leader David Hodge outlined Surrey’s bids for £27 million to improve flood defences to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at a meeting to discuss how residents and businesses in Godalming are being better protected. Quote: Surrey leader David Hodge said: “It is great to work with Mr Hunt on helping Godalming residents … Continue reading

Surrey County Council leader David Hodge gives statement to Full Council

Surrey County Council’s leader today made a personal statement following the council’s decision on allowances. David Hodge told Full Council he had decided to accept only the level of allowances recommended by the independent remuneration panel (IRP). Deputy Leader Peter Martin has made the same decision. In his statement, Leader David Hodge said: “When I … Continue reading

Surrey leader welcomes multi-million-pound Government boost

Surrey County Council’s Leader has welcomed Government funding announced today as a first step towards long-term economic growth. Almost £50 million will go into schemes to boost Surrey businesses and transport links over the next six years following a Government announcement today on local Growth Deals through local enterprise partnerships (LEPs). David Hodge said: “We … Continue reading

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