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Environment

Surrey’s Pothole Shame

Who would you rather have in charge of road maintenance where you live? According to a Get Surrey report in January 2018, when asked about the state of roads in Surrey, a spokesman for Surrey County Council said: “We’re working incredibly hard to improve Surrey’s roads – potholes are fixed at a rate of around 260 […]

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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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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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Representation Tax

Surrey Allowance Increases

Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Surrey Liberal Democrats wrote to the Secretary of State asking him to investigate the excessive increases (from £27,000 pa to £43,000 pa) in councillor allowances and the excessive number of special responsibility allowances pushed through by Surrey’s Conservative administration. She also asked him to check whether the national government’s […]

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Health Housing Social Care Tax

New Mayor for Elmbridge

Following his election as Mayor of Elmbridge at the annual meeting of the borough’s council on Wednesday, 4 June, Councillor Barry Fairbank has chosen to support Home-Start Elmbridge during his Mayoral Year.     Cllr Fairbank, erstwhile leader of the Liberal Democrats at the borough,  represents Long Ditton but now lives in Weybridge. Councillor Fairbank […]

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Education Tax

National Coalition offers 4.5% Extra School funding for Surrey

Surrey Liberal Democrats have warmly welcomed proposals which will see Surrey receive nearly £25 million more in school funding than under the current system. This comes as part of an extra £350million boost to schools in the least fairly funded areas in the country. The proposals announced in parliament by Liberal Democrat Education Minister David […]

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Business Tax

Elmbridge Budget

Next Wednesday, Conservative-led Elmbridge plans to decrease the council tax in real terms for next year by keeping the rate the same. Prudent stewardship or a gradual collapse into private wealth and public squalor? National government taxes like: income tax, national insurance, VAT and corporation tax increase each year automatically in line with either income […]

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Business Tax

Key Highlights from the Autumn Statement

Local Government Funding While the chancellor has announced new, further departmental savings for departments, local government has been largely protected. The chancellor has said this is to encourage local governments to take up the national government’s offer of a council tax freeze which is again available in the coming financial year. There will be a […]

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Town Centre

Plans for improving Weybridge

Representatives of the Weybridge Town Business Group (my company is a member) and the Weybridge Society transport panel, which I founded, host a very interesting meeting to which they had visited local councillors of both Elmbridge and Surrey plus a number of officers from both administrations along with representatives of other local interested groups. Tony […]

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Tax Transport

Surrey Pot-holes

Surrey is number one for compensating drivers and riders for the damaged cause by pot-holes – almost four times the cost of the second highest county.  Simple incompetence. Surrey £638,239 Notts £158,578 Kent £133,593 Lincs £119,706 Worcs £110,656 Essex £103,507 Herts £101,630 Lancs £97,160 East Sussex £86,591 Wilts £83,043

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