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  • Police Car parked across road
    Article: May 3, 2022

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the Conservative Government for being soft on crime, as they reveal that 83.8% of burglaries in Surrey went unsolved by the police last year.

    Analysis by the Liberal Democrats of new Home Office figures show that 3265 burglary cases were closed by Surrey in 2021, but in 2735 of them no suspect was identified. That equates to 53 unsolved local burglaries every week.

  • Lance Spencer and others at bus stop
    Article: Apr 8, 2022

    Surrey County Council's plans for a greener future took a major step backwards when it failed to get any financial support from the government for its Bus Service Improvement Plan.

    Boris Johnson announced funding for his Bus Back Better scheme in March 2021 with £3 billion available to help transform bus services across England.

  • Hands with mittens holding a white cup of coffee - Alex Padurariu @unsplash.com ()
    Article: Apr 8, 2022

    Families in Surrey are paying over £240m more a year for their energy bills because they are living in poorly insulated homes, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    Surrey Liberal Democrats are demanding that the government urgently invest in fixing leaky homes in the area and cutting people's energy bills in the long term.
    The analysis shows almost 350,000 households in Surrey have received poor energy efficiency ratings (EPC Bands D-G), making up between 57% (Mole Valley) and 71% (Reigate) of homes in the county. It comes despite a government target to upgrade all homes to Band C by 2035.

  • Sign designating permit holder parking only 1-2pm Mon-Fri.
    Article: Apr 5, 2022

    Surrey County Council has launched a public consultation on increases to on-street parking charges including those for residents' parking permits, with the aim of increasing parking revenue by £334,000 per year across the range of measures.

    Notably the cost of parking permits is set to rise over 60% for the first vehicle in a household, increasing from £50 to £80. Additional household permits will go up from £75 to £100 for the second permit and to £130 for subsequent ones.

  • Hand holding a Rapid - Antigen test packet (Mika Baumeister @ unsplash.com)
    Article: Mar 29, 2022

    At last week's full council meeting Surrey County Council unanimously agreed a Lib Dem motion criticising the Government's 'Living with Covid' plan that will put an end to universal free Covid testing.

    The Council agreed to call on the Government to continue with free PCR and lateral flow tests for those residents in critical groups, such as front-line workers and those who are eligible for free prescriptions.