Leaders from across the South East have launched an ambitious new partnership to transform the transport network for the travelling public and businesses and to ensure the area remains a driver of the UK economy. Transport for the South East (TfSE) will speak with a single voice on the area’s transport priorities. It will devise … Continue reading
Surrey leader David Hodge used a meeting of Cabinet today to stress the need for the county council to save more than £100 million this financial year alone to balance the budget while also highlighting planned new contracts for carers that will see support provided to an extra 300 young people at no extra cost … Continue reading
A ground-breaking scheme to help military personnel access public services has secured £321,000 in funding after Surrey joined forces with councils, clinical groups and forces charities around the South East. The grant from the Ministry of Defence is aimed at making it easier for servicemen and women, as well as reservists and veterans, to access … 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
Foster families are backing a push to recruit 100 more foster carers to help transform children’s lives in Surrey. Alison, of Walton-on-Thames, has fostered more than 50 children over the past 12 years. She said: “Get in touch and find out if fostering is for you. Seeing the difference you can make to young people … Continue reading
Surrey County Council Leader David Hodge today received his CBE from Her Majesty The Queen. Following the investiture at Buckingham Palace, Mr Hodge said: “It was an unforgettable day, a fantastic experience for my family and recognition of the outstanding work of thousands of county council staff and voluntary workers across Surrey. “Collecting my CBE from the … Continue reading
As demand for critical services continues to rise, Surrey leader David Hodge has revealed that almost two thirds of the county council’s spending goes on the wellbeing of adults and children – 65 pence in every pound. In the video below he points to the number of older people needing the highest level of care … Continue reading
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.
Following the news that Claygate has been named as one of the best local shopping areas in the country after being shortlisted in the Great British High Street competition, Surrey leader David Hodge said: “This is fantastic news for Claygate. Local shops and village stores have a special place at the heart of their communities and clearly … Continue reading
David Hodge marked the fifth anniversary of his first statement as Surrey County Council’s leader by emphasising how local influence can make a big difference.
The gymnastics club where 2010 Britain’s Got Talent winners Spelbound started out has been given a £100,000 grant towards its new home by Surrey County Council. Leader David Hodge awarded the cash for Spelthorne Gymnastics’ new facility at Bishop Wand School in Sunbury. The club, which also boasts world and European gold medallists, is used by more than … Continue reading
David Hodge used today’s Full Council meeting to pledge support for arts and culture in the county. The Surrey County Council leader said they “educate us” and “contribute to our economic prosperity”. He also pointed to successes the council has been involved in, including: Last year’s celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in Runnymede Brooklands Museum’s work … Continue reading
Surrey County Council is set to confirm savings of nearly £170,000 every day for a year. Annual figures are due to reveal that the council saved £62 million for taxpayers in the last financial year, propelling the total since 2010 to almost £260m. That sum would be enough to pay for the council’s project to completely overhaul more … Continue reading
Surrey County Council’s Leader and Cabinet have pledged to keep working “week in, week out” to find savings as the authority continues to face the twin challenges of increasing demand for services and dwindling funding. In a New Year message to the county, David Hodge unveiled a document highlighting more than 50 ways the council … Continue reading
Skateboarders are perfecting their tricks at a new park built with the help of a Surrey County Council grant as time runs out for groups to bid for a share of the £1 million fund. The skate park in Puttenham won £22,000 from the Community Improvements Fund created by Surrey leader David Hodge. Its ramps … Continue reading