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  • Classroom
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Conservatives will cut the education budget by £253 million in Surrey by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows.

    The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne's drastic spending cuts plan.

    It means £252,700,000would be wiped of the education budget in Surrey - hitting children's life chances.

  • Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Dec 9, 2014

    Figures revealed to the Liberal Democrats at today's meeting of Surrey County Council have shown that a third of the county's footways are 'functionally or structurally impaired' and at the current rate of progress it will take 167 years to replace them.

    An answer to a written question from Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson Cllr Stephen Cooksey states:

  • Superfast Braodband fibre box
    Article: Dec 8, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrat opposition is calling for action to be taken to close the gaps in Superfast Broadband coverage across the county.

    The actions demanded include reviewing the contracts with the commercial operators providing Superfast Broadband, identifying the gaps in coverage and deveoping solutions.

  • Primary school classroom
    Article: Nov 11, 2014

    Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Surrey are set to receive £28.6 million to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

    The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.

    It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

  • Pre School Classroom
    Article: Nov 10, 2014

    Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Surrey are set for a £535,845 cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

    Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.​

    But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium - which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group - ​will mean extra money to make sure every child gets a fair start.

  • elderly resident holding hands with young care worker
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    The announcement by the Conservative administration at Surrey County Council that they want close down the six residential homes they still own and run; Brockhurst in Ottershaw, Cobgates in Farnham, Dormers in Caterham, Longfield in Cranleigh, Park Hall in Reigate and Pinehurst in Camberley; came as little surprise to some councillors but must have been a shock to the elderly people who live there and their families.

  • Article: Oct 15, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have welcomed the decision made yesterday by the Conservative administration at County Hall to re-think undemocratic proposals to change the council's constitution.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "The ruling Conservative administration at County Hall have been attempting to force through undemocratic changes to the County Council's constitution to cap the number of motions to full Council to a maximum of 3, to prevent altogether any motions to the Budget meeting or the Annual meeting of the Council. They have also sought to reduce the time allowed for speeches at Council meetings. The plans also included a proposal to reduce the number of signatures required on a petition to trigger a debate at full council from a ridiculously high number of 20,000 to a still excessively high number of 10,000 signatures."

  • Flooding at Eashing Bridge in Godalming
    Article: Oct 14, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have pressed for more funding and action by the county council to prevent flooding since long before the floods of last winter.

    Cllr Stephen Cooksey, the Liberal Democrat Environment & Transportation Spokesperson at Surrey County Council said: "Obviously the Conservative administration at County Hall has no control over the weather and the amount of rainfall, but it could do so much more to prevent flooding in Surrey when heavy rain occurs.

  • Gatwick airport
    Article: Oct 7, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by the Liberal Democrat Party Conference in Glasgow to oppose expansion of Gatwick Airport.
    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "I am delighted at the decision to continue to oppose the expansion of Gatwick. Surrey residents are constantly telling me how the impact on Surrey's natural environment as well as increased noise, traffic, building and parking problems are a massive concern to them, and therefore how strongly they are opposed to any expansion of Gatwick.
    "A possible policy change for the Liberal Democrats to support Gatwick expansion was defeated by a comfortable margin, and I am delighted that this has confirmed that opposing the expansion of Gatwick will definitely go into the Liberal Democrats national General Election manifesto."

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Surrey County Council's Liberal Democrats are calling for more decision making powers and funding to be devolved from central government to the regions, counties, boroughs & districts and cities of England.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat opposition on Surrey County Council said: "The time has arrived for Surrey to be freed from central government's shackles. Following the Scottish Independence Referendum vote there is a real opportunity for the regions, counties, boroughs & districts and cities of England to gain more decision making powers and more control over finance.