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Surrey unveils plans to cover Abellio bus routes

Plans have been unveiled by Surrey County Council to award contracts covering Abellio bus routes in a move that will improve services in some areas and save £700,000 annually. A report being considered by Cabinet on Tuesday reveals that nine bus companies are set to cover 22 services Abellio currently run or previously operated in … Continue reading

VIDEO: Leader’s speech to council’s annual meeting

After being re-elected Surrey Leader today at the county council’s annual meeting, David Hodge: says thoughts are with “those who have been affected by the terrible events in Manchester last night” welcomes Mary Lewis, Denise Turner-Stewart, Colin Kemp and Tim Oliver to the new Cabinet and John Furey as Deputy Leader outlines challenges as funding … Continue reading

Work on new homes for people with autism begins

Latest artist’s impressions of planned new homes for people with autism revealed. All the images can be downloaded at http://www.flickr.com/surreynews Work to build new homes for people with autism and complex conditions has begun after the first shovel was put into the ground by the county council’s chairman. Sally Marks marked the start of the building … Continue reading

Drive to build more pothole-proof roads on course to save nearly £14 million

A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof is also on course to save local taxpayers nearly £14 million – enough to overhaul almost 30 miles for free. The first three years of the project to reconstruct hundreds of miles of roads, which started in 2013, saved nearly £11.4m through striking better deals and improved … Continue reading

Surrey on track to save more than £150m from striking better deals

Surrey County Council is on track to save local taxpayers more than £150 million since 2010 at a rate of almost £60,000 every day through striking better deals. Annual figures are set to show savings from negotiating better contracts of £14 million for the 2016/17 financial year when it ends this month. Reaching that sum … Continue reading

Drop in fly-tipping saves Surrey taxpayers £125,000 in 10 months

A drop of 1,100 tonnes in fly-tipped waste over the past 10 months has saved Surrey taxpayers £125,000. Figures from Surrey County Council show that 2,749 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish were picked up by district and borough councils between April last year and January – a fall of 30 per cent on the previous 10-month … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey faces overspending as demand and cost pressures grow

Deputy leader Peter Martin has warned that increasing demand and cost pressures for key services like adult social care mean Surrey County Council is set to overspend by £6 million this year despite making savings of as much as £76m.

Surrey signs off plans to save £50,000 on leasing vehicles

Surrey County Council has signed off plans to hire vehicles to help provide essential services for vulnerable people and save almost £50,000. Approval has been given by the council’s Cabinet for one-year contracts to be signed by three leasing companies ‐ Europcar, Scot Group and Sixt Hire ‐ that represent a £48,000 saving on the … Continue reading

VIDEO: Prime Minister praises council for making savings

David Cameron has praised the county council for making savings by working with other public services in a letter to David Hodge. The Surrey leader revealed the Prime Minister’s message at a meeting of today’s Full Council after reiterating the enormous financial impact of rising demand for services like elderly care and school places. A copy … Continue reading

Striking better deals saves more than £8 million in six months

Striking better deals has seen the county council save Surrey taxpayers more than £8 million in just six months. The money saved, which has come through negotiation work done by the council’s procurement team and staff in other services, means more than £33 million has now been saved in the last 18 months, sending the … Continue reading

Pioneering autism centre opens at Surrey school

A first-of-its-kind autism centre was officially opened at a mainstream secondary school in Chertsey on Monday 12 October. Almost 100 students, parents and staff attended the launch of the NAS Cullum Centre at Salesian School, which will give students on the autism spectrum specialist support so they can reach their full potential. This is the … Continue reading

Drive to overhaul roads saves £7 million

A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof has also saved taxpayers more than £7 million. The second year of a scheme to replace more than 300 miles of road with surfaces that come with a 10-year repair guarantee saved £3.1m through smarter contracts and recycling. When added to the £4.1m saved in the first … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader heralds savings, calls for spiralling demand to be recognised and stresses the need for devolution

Leader David Hodge used a Full Council meeting today to herald savings and call on the government to recognise spiralling demand for adult social care and school places while also emphasising the need to devolve more services for the benefit of Surrey’s residents.

Sharing services to save up to £8 million a year

Plans to bolster buying power and save millions of pounds by sharing services with East Sussex have been signed off by Surrey County Council. The Cabinet has approved a proposal to launch a joint initiative, which will: Cover teams in IT, human resources, property, procurement, finance, legal and other services Save up to £8 million … Continue reading

VIDEO: Savings of £170,000 a day add up to £62 million target

Surrey County Council has set a goal of saving nearly £170,000 every day for a year. The authority has revealed plans to save local taxpayers £62 million in the next financial year. Since 2010 the council has made efficiencies totalling £260m and is on track to achieve almost £70m more in 2014/15. In the video below, leader David Hodge sets … Continue reading

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