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Surrey government Tax

Financial crisis worsens at County Hall as Tories ask Surrey residents to pay more for less

Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council (SCC) have criticised the Conservative-administration for budget proposals containing £54m of further cuts to services and a 6% council tax rise. The budget recommendations are due be approved by the County Council on Tuesday 6th February. Liberal Democrats are concerned that a rise of nearly 6% is “unaffordable for many Surrey […]

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British government Elmbridge government Surrey government

Public workers’ pay cap

We believe that the government should end immediately the public sector pay cap and allow public organisations to arrange their own pay structures. For example, Elmbridge borough does not follow national pay agreements simply because we could not recruit the staff we need if we kept pay within the British government’s guidelines. Since the recent dramatic […]

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Planning Representation

Protecting the Green Belt – Building more Homes

Why is Elmbridge Reviewing the Green Belt? The answer is simple – the national government has changed planning law and Elmbridge has to respond to the various changes. This costs money and effort which could otherwise be used to improve or extend services or reduce council tax for the people of Elmbridge but unlike like […]

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Health Surrey government

Warning on public health cuts in Surrey

Figures released by the national department of health show the Conservative national government is planning to cut £2.2m from the public health budget across Surrey. This will have a direct impact on efforts to improve health at local level because the public health budget relieves pressure on English NHS hospitals and clinics by helping people […]

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Environment Planning Safety Transport

Heathrow

Heathrow was a poor locational choice for a new major airport even when it opened in 1944 and replaced Croydon and Hendon airports.  Also the land for this new London Airport was forcibly purchased by the national government under special powers – the Defence of the Realm Act – without compensation to the landowners specifically […]

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Environment Planning Walton

Elmbridge Sport hub EIA

After the decision by the full Planning Committee regarding the sports hub, we have now received the outcome from the Secretary Of State regarding the need for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and he has decided that an EIA is required.  The essence of what the Secretary Of State said is: “Whilst this is a […]

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Housing

Osborne centralises England again

Whilst setting the national budget Chancellor Osborne announced that boroughs will have to charge higher rents to people on higher incomes.  Why does he think that he has a remit to decide what the level of social rents should be in Elmbridge?  Surely it is up to us, the people of Elmbridge, what we charge. […]

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Housing Tax

More housing control from Westminster

National governments often claim that they support local democracy; however, the evidence is often otherwise. Take housing benefit – part of the £12bn in welfare savings is to be made by the national government instructing boroughs to reduce their rents.  This will save the national government £1.4bn in housing benefit by reducing rents paid to […]

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Planning Representation

More planning control from Westminster

National governments often claim that they support local democracy.  However the evidence is otherwise. The recent announcement that Westminster will change the law to allow developers to build on brownfield land without planning permission is a case in point.  Taken at face value it means that any new development on land that has or has […]

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Education

Lib Dem £28.6 million school boost

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 to support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.  It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every school pupil who has registered […]

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