What future for the NHS (Politicos Jan 2015) – Podcast

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Getting started with Chalk Paint & Waxes @InsideChobham

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Surrey announces council tax proposal

Surrey County CouncilSurrey County Council has announced its proposed council tax recommendation for next year.

The Cabinet will meet to make a formal recommendation on Tuesday 3 February. A final decision will be taken at a meeting of Surrey’s Full Council on Tuesday 10 February.

Leader David Hodge said: “With unprecedented demand for services we are proposing a 1.99% increase, which is the bare minimum we need given that our government grant has gone down £24 million this year. Anything more would mean wasting as much as £2m on a referendum.

“It should be remembered that we’ve saved £260m in the last four years – equivalent to around a quarter of our budget – despite the huge increase in demand for school places and adult social care, with the latter set to soak up all those savings by next year.”

  • Growing demand for social care support will cost £18m extra next year alone to meet the needs of around 700 more vulnerable adults
  • New care responsibilities will cost up to £150m without increased funding
  • Surrey needs 13,000 additional school places in the next five years
  • The council has saved £260m in the last four years and plans to save around £330m more by 2019
  • Government grant has gone down £24m this year.

Further information can be found in a council report.

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Valentines at Pine Ridge Golf Club

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Just 4 Kids re-open on London Road – Video blog

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Description: Just 4 Kids re-open at their new London Road store.

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Vote Oysters for National Chip Week

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Surrey PCC – We Must Invest in the Police if they are to Evolve to Meet New Challenges

Kevion Hurley - PCCResponding to the College of Policing report on police demand released today, Kevin Hurley, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey, said:
“The College of Policing’s report into demand is another insight into the challenge Chief Constables and PCCs are facing to evolve their police forces to deal with new and changing demands. The job of policing has never been more complex than it is today, tactically, technologically and culturally.
“I’m trying to do my bit to get the first-class police service that people tell me they want. We all know that policing must change with the times. That requires investment. The officers and staff out there are fantastic, but they are being worked into the ground as their numbers reduce and they increasingly face complex issues like online child abuse, domestic violence and human trafficking with minimal training.
“I’ve lobbied Ministers personally to do the right thing and merge police forces, which would release the £2bn currently spent on 41 different HQs, Chief Officers and PCCs. What a waste. Mergers would free up all that money to go on the front line policing people actually want. The Government won’t do it.
“The Home Office says a review of police funding allocations is coming. In 2013 I commissioned independent research from experts at Oxford Economics which showed Surrey is losing out on as much as £6m in funding every year that it needs to meet demand. This research put forward realistic solutions to better allocate police funding nationally to where it is really needed. It’s been on a Home Office desk for a year now.
“I’ve raised Surrey’s funding issues with our local Members of Parliament for two years. Nothing has changed.
“The Government isn’t willing to invest in our safety so I’m asking our residents direct what they think about paying a bit more each week for their local police force, to allow us to:


  • Recruit up to 400 extra officers for Surrey
  • Make sure our officers and staff are the best trained in the country
  • Hunt down online paedophiles
  • Crack down on online fraudsters targeting the elderly and vulnerable
  • Respond more quickly to emergency calls for help
  • Tackle violent extremists


“I love to see bad people being locked up and victims getting justice. I hate it when criminals offend, when they get away with things, when innocent people are hurt and exploited.
“Investing more in policing would make us all safer. It would make life a lot better for us decent people and a whole lot worse for the fraudsters, paedophiles, burglars, thugs and would-be terrorists.
“Surrey Police get a share of local council tax and I’m asking if we would be prepared to pay a bit more – around £1 extra per week for a band D home – to make our county’s police force the best resourced, best trained in the country. That would take the Band D weekly cost of policing from £4 per week to £5 per week. That’s £5 per week for a service that, if you or any of your family are in danger will come to your aid – even at the most tremendous risk – at any time of the day or night; a service that works around the clock to get the most dangerous people in our society off the streets and into prison; a service that offers protection, reassurance and support to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
“To do so, I would have to hold a referendum of all the voters in Surrey. Before I commit to the expense of that, I want to know if you would support the idea. The economic downturn has hit everyone and I know it’s a considerable ask for families to pay more. It may well be that people don’t feel able to make that extra contribution. As elected Police and Crime Commissioner I’m here to make sure that it’s the public who ultimately call the shots on the big decisions on the future of their police force.
“So, I ask you to think about what it would mean to you and those you care about if we came together as a community to put some serious investment into Surrey Police and visit www.safersurrey.co.uk to fill out the brief survey to tell me what you think.”


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Deepcut Neighbourhood Forum Inaugural Meeting – Podcast

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Surrey Heath Police Borough Commander briefing to External Partnerships Committee – Podcast

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Air Ambulance launches WIN A MINI raffle

WIN A MINILife-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance has launched a raffle to win a brand new car worth £15,000, to celebrate its Silver Jubilee.

The red 1.2 Mini One three-door hatchback has been kindly donated by Barretts of Canterbury and boasts tyre pressure monitoring, a Thatcham 1 alarm system, ISOFIX child seat system, front foglights, on-board computer, DAB digital radio and Bluetooth hands-free function with USB radio.

The car will go on show at shopping centres and community events throughout the counties this year as the air ambulance celebrates its 25th anniversary.

The charity has helped thousands of people and saved many lives after attending more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.

Air Ambulance Head of Promotions Katie Eeles said: “The service we provide today would simply not be possible without the kind support of the public.

“The need for our life-saving service will never go away, and your support will help to ensure that we can continue helping patients who need us for many years to come.”

Tickets for the WIN A MINI raffle cost £5 each and can be purchased online at www.raffle.me.uk. The draw will take place on December 15th, 2015, making it a perfect Christmas present for one lucky winner.

The charity is very grateful to Barretts of Canterbury, a Kent-based family-run business famous for its motor dealerships based in Canterbury and Ashford. It currently boasts six car franchises including Broad Oak Mini from where the prize car has kindly been donated.

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Shake off those January Blues at Pine Ridge Golf Club – Blue Brothers Tribute

Blues Brothers at Pine Ridge Golf Club - Jan 2015

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SEROCU and CERT-UK to launch Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) regional node next week

The South East Regional Crime Unit (SEROCU) is inviting regional small and medium enterprise (SME) to the Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP) due to be launched next week, on Thursday 29 January.

Following the launch of a similar node in the East Midlands in 2014, SEROCU alongside National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) are creating a South East based regional information sharing node sitting on the national CiSP platform.

SME’s from Sussex are being invited to attend the free event taking place in Berkshire.

Craig Jones, Head of the Cyber Crime Unit in SEROCU, said: “The CiSP initiative is primarily for the ‘network defenders’ and ICT managers of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), but is applicable to any company that has a networked computer system.

The benefits of joining the CiSP are to provide companies and businesses with:

· Opportunity to engage with industry and government counterparts in a secure environment;

· Obtain early warning of cyber threats;

· Seek advice from other CiSP members;

· Participate in building pooled knowledge;

· Learn from experiences, mistakes and successes of other users without fear of exposing organisation sensitivities.

“There is no cost to attendees or in joining the CiSP. The day will be facilitated by the Cyber Crime Unit of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and CERT-UK, who will provide comprehensive detail of the initiative and demonstrate the tangible benefits for SMEs.”

The aim of the day will be to:

  • Update on the current cyber threat
  • Raise awareness of the CiSP – understand the importance of information sharing
  • Brief and demo the new South East information sharing node

If you represent a SME and would like to attend the event which will take place in the Berkshire area between 8.30am and 3.30pm please contact us via email at support@cisp.org.uk

The regional concept is modelled on that of the national CiSP. Launched in March 2013, CiSP is a joint, collaborative initiative between industry and government to share cyber threat and vulnerability information in order to increase overall situational awareness of the cyber threat, and therefore reduce the impact upon business. The national CiSP is now part of the UK Computer Emergency Response Team, CERT-UK. Launched in March 2014, CERT-UK works closely with industry, government and academia to enhance UK cyber resilience.

Further information regarding the CiSP can be found at http://www.cisp.org.uk/.

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