Leader of Surrey County Council David Hodge today told a meeting of the Full Council that he is stepping down from the role on 11 December. Below are highlights from his speech. Savings and efficiencies: “This Surrey (word removed) administration has reduced costs by over £540m over the last eight years and we are on … Continue reading
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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.
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