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Primary school performance tables: Surrey is a top performer

Surrey is among the top-performing councils in national tests for 11-year-olds, according to an official breakdown of results. Sixty per cent of pupils at Surrey primary schools reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths compared with a national average of 54 per cent and a South East average of 55 per cent. It … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties; Have an appy Christmas

Fire engines to highlight co-responding duties Fire engines will be taking on a new look to highlight Surrey firefighters’ role to respond to certain medical emergencies. Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s 30 fire engines will display artwork about the potentially lifesaving medical support and equipment crews can provide with nearly 440 firefighters now trained up for … Continue reading

Plan for county-wide waste service promises benefits for residents and up to £12m-a-year savings

A plan for Surrey’s councils to create a new county-wide waste collection and disposal service saving taxpayers up to £12million-a-year has taken its first step forward. The joint service would bring benefits for residents including standard recycling and waste collections across the county while also generating savings to be shared across all councils. Four districts … Continue reading

ROUND UP: MP pays Surrey fire service a visit; New community hub for Caterham Valley Library

MP pays Surrey fire service a visit Minister Brandon Lewis visited Surrey Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters to find out more about joint working between the emergency services in Surrey and Sussex. Mr Lewis, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, met Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services Kay Hammond … Continue reading

Success of Surrey broadband scheme earns £3.8m windfall

The success of a scheme to make Surrey the best connected county in England has triggered a £3.8 million broadband windfall. That is Surrey County Council’s share of funds made available by BT after better than expected take-up of fibre broadband. Superfast Surrey connected around 20% of homes and businesses – more than 86,000 premises … Continue reading

County council unveils plans for 600 homes for older and disabled people

Up to 600 homes specially designed for older and disabled people will be created in Surrey within a decade under plans unveiled by the county council. The authority has revealed it aims to free up sites on its land for extra care housing – homes with support staff on hand – and team up with … Continue reading

VIDEO: Council “simply can’t cope” with scale of funding cuts – Surrey leader

Leader David Hodge told a meeting of today’s Cabinet that Surrey County Council “simply can’t cope” with the scale of funding cuts at the same time as helping the vulnerable and providing extra school places. He warned that without extra support from the government the council faces making “difficult decisions” to ensure it continues to deliver … Continue reading

VIDEO: Tens of millions of learning disability funding “wiped clean off our books” – leader

Tens of millions of pounds to provide support for people with a learning disability have been “wiped clean off our books”, Surrey leader David Hodge told today’s Full Council meeting.

Upgrading North Downs Line will boost government coffers by almost £190m

  Fully electrifying the North Downs Line will boost the government’s coffers by nearly £190 million. Upgrading the train line, which runs between Reading and Gatwick through Surrey, will generate an additional £89m a year in corporation tax and an extra £97m annually in income tax. News of the potentially massive financial boost for the government … Continue reading

Financial pressures prompt proposals for changes to fire cover in Spelthorne area

Following the launch of a consultation on proposed fire service changes in the Spelthorne area, Kay Hammond, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Associate for Community Safety Services, said: “As residents of Spelthorne are aware, we’re planning to close Sunbury and Staines fire stations and open a new one at Fordbridge – the best possible location for … Continue reading

ROUND UP: Free training courses for voluntary groups; Fostering events in Surrey

Free training courses for voluntary groups More than 5,700 voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) groups are being offered training courses by Surrey County Council. The courses, which are also run by the authority for its own staff, are a mixture of e-learning and classroom based activities and help the VCFS deliver even more support … Continue reading

Record applications for secondary school places

Applications for places at Surrey secondary schools next September have reached a new high. Surrey County Council received 11,392 secondary school applications by the 31 October closing date* – 260 more than last year. The number of applications has risen steadily in recent years, with 1,343 more applying this year than in 2012. The increase … Continue reading

Deal to connect public services on course to save £3.5 million

Surrey County Council is on course to save £3.5 million after spearheading an initiative to replace scores of networks with just one. The authority handed BT a seven-year contract to create a single computer and communication system for a host of public services in Surrey and Berkshire in 2012 using cloud technology. Now Surrey has … Continue reading

VIDEO: Leader calls on MPs to help avert “damaging cuts”

Schemes to cut congestion at one of Surrey’s busiest roundabouts and expand a secondary school have been delayed after leader David Hodge urged MPs to help the county council “avoid damaging cuts”. The Cabinet put decisions about investing in improvements at Runnymede Roundabout and 250 extra places at Salesian School in Chertsey on hold until … Continue reading

Surrey schools within five miles of London lose out on £30million

Half of Surrey children go to school within five miles of a London borough – and miss out on £30million funding compared to pupils in the capital. Surrey receives £450 less per pupil from the Government than the average for London boroughs bordering the county even though schools either side of the boundary serve virtually … Continue reading

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