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New multi-million-pound investment in mental health services for Surrey

Surrey County Council is today proposing a new focus and funding boost to tackle an impending mental health crisis. The COVID pandemic has served to intensify the existing pressures on mental health services – making it harder for people to get the support they need. As part of the county’s No One Left Behind agenda, … Continue reading

Statement on Government’s social care white paper

Commenting on the government’s social care white paper, Surrey County Council leader Cllr Tim Oliver said: “We are pleased that government has announced more detail on their proposals for social care. The extra investment for assisted living is welcome, as is the £150 million for new technology and digitisation, aimed at helping people live at … Continue reading

Surrey County Council launches Climate Change Delivery Plan at Symposium

Last night (24 November), Surrey County Council Leader, Tim Oliver, and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Marisa Heath, launched Surrey’s Climate Change Delivery Plan at the Surrey Hills AONB Climate Change and Biodiversity Symposium, following the plan’s approval by Cabinet last month. The event, hosted at the University of Surrey, was chaired by Radio 4 … Continue reading

2021 Surrey Business Awards Winners Announced

The best of business in Surrey was celebrated at the 2021 Surrey Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The awards, organised by Platinum Media Group, are the largest event of its kind in the county. Over 320 of the county’s leading businesspeople gathered for the sell-out event held at Denbies Wine Estate on Thursday 18 November. … Continue reading

Council Leader Tim Oliver statement on Shepperton Studios expansion

Commenting on the announcement of the expansion of Shepperton Studios, Surrey County Council Leader Cllr Tim Oliver said: “This is excellent news for Shepperton Studios and for Surrey, which cements our reputation as a leading location for the UK and international film industry. This investment and partnership with Netflix, which is also investing $1 billion … Continue reading

Council Leader Tim Oliver statement on the Budget

Commenting on yesterday’s Budget and Spending Review, Surrey County Council Leader, Cllr Tim Oliver said: “We in Surrey were pleased to see the Chancellor take steps to ensure local government funding increases, with the news of a £4.8bn boost to grant funding over the next three years. I’d like to personally commend Secretary of State … Continue reading

Major River Thames flood alleviation project passes key milestone

Thousands of homes across Surrey and the surrounding area are set to be better protected from flooding, after the Government approved the latest stage of the River Thames Scheme.  The Environment Agency and Surrey County Council are leading the partnership which will deliver the River Thames Scheme. The scheme will reduce the flood risk for … Continue reading

Surrey-wide mental health review to pave way for improvements

A wide-ranging review of Surrey’s mental health system is to pave the way for a series of improvements to the way that services work together to help residents in need of support. The Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System – a partnership between local NHS services, the county council and others – set up a taskforce … Continue reading

Surrey becomes the first county in England to provide free period products

On Friday 28 May, on Menstrual Health Day 2021, Surrey County Council is proud to be launching a ground-breaking initiative with charity Binti International, to provide free period products in selected locations across Surrey and be the first county council in the UK to start eradicating period stigma. Donation bins and collection boxes where residents … 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 Parkruns all set to restart next month

Update (21 May) – Parkrun has announced a 3 week delay to the restart, with an ambition of events starting on 26 June. Surrey councils will continue to support this aim. Local authorities across Surrey are supporting the return of Parkrun events in the county next month. Parkruns are community running events typically held in … Continue reading

Revving up for the next Spotlight on Surrey event

World leading automotive innovation taking place in Surrey will be the focus for the next Spotlight on Surrey online event on Thursday May 20. Innovation is in the very DNA of Surrey, with a long and proud history of being at the forefront of developing new technologies and when it comes to the automotive industry … Continue reading

Surrey’s children’s services on a significant improvement journey and responded swiftly to the challenges of COVID-19 says Ofsted

Children’s services at Surrey County Council have been on a “significant improvement journey” and “senior leaders have responded swiftly to the challenges of COVID-19”, according to a letter published by Ofsted following a focused visit in March. The letter states that “a stable senior leadership team and the recently appointed director of children’s services have … Continue reading

Spotlight on Surrey

A major new series of spotlight events will highlight the importance of Surrey as a place to do business and how it is gearing up for a post-pandemic world. The online showcase events kick-off on Thursday February 11 and the focus will be on the Surrey based cluster of major names in the pharma/life science … Continue reading

Update on Surge Testing operation

The COVID-19 Surge Testing operation in Woking is now in its third day, with a fantastic response from residents in the selected area. More than 74% of residents contacted have returned a testing kit, with results already being issued. 5,029 kits were delivered by the end of Wednesday, with more than half of the selected … Continue reading

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