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  • Chris Botten Large
    Article: Mar 8, 2019

    Much of the depth of Surrey's financial crisis can be tracked back to the chaotic introduction of computer systems which an audit has revealed, among other things:

    • The audit team were "unable to find the business case or any supporting paperwork for the Cabinet Member decision to purchase" [the IT system in question]
    • The system is not fully utilised which shows an "inefficient use of public money to purchase and pay annual costs for a system that is not fully implemented"
    • The improper use of the system "frequently results in parents arranging private support, followed by judicial review in the parents' favour. This in turn leads to increased costs of provision for the council"
    • There have been instances of the Council paying a foster carer, or a school, for a child that is no longer being seen to by that specific service.

  • Health Checks Table
    Article: Mar 8, 2019

    The Lib Dems have warned of a 'postcode lottery' as official figures reveal that only 30% of people in Surrey have been offered a health check over the last 5 years, significantly below the national average of 85.21% - the lowest in the country.

    Lib Dem Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly blamed "swingeing Conservative cuts" and her party has called for "a transformational investment in public health with a penny on income tax."

    Health check-ups for adults in England are available to everyone aged 40-74. According to the NHS, these checks are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

    However, figures published by Public Health England have revealed 22 local authority areas in England, including Surrey, have failed to offer more than 60% of people a health check.

  • Paul with stakeboard
    Article: Mar 4, 2019

    Following the hustings meeting in Dorking on Saturday 2nd March, it was announced that the Mole Valley Liberal Democrat members had re-selected Paul Kennedy as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate. Paul has stood for the Mole Valley constituency in both the 2015 and 2017 General Elections.

    Following the announcement, Paul said: "I'm thrilled and honoured to have the continuing support of Liberal Democrat members. We are united in our ambition to get a better deal for Mole Valley residents than the disastrous Conservative diet of cuts, green belt development, and Brexit. Liberal Democrats demand better."

  • Newdigate earthquake
    Petition: Mar 3, 2019

    In light of recent earthquakes in Newdigate, we call upon Surrey County Council to refuse permission to extend the Horsehill wells to allow the drilling of four new hydrocarbon wells, one water reinjection well and side-track drilling (Application SCC Ref 2018/0152).

    Supporting Information

  • Cllr Fiona White outside Surrey County Hall
    Article: Mar 3, 2019

    News released today has revealed that the University of Surrey are planning to cut their staff, with all staff being given the option of voluntary redundancy*. The University has released a letter, sent to all staff, which highlights that one of the key factors influencing this decision is the uncertainty surrounding the UK's position in the EU, and how this may affect the University's financial position.

  • LibDems at County Hall
    Article: Mar 3, 2019

    Surrey County Council is advertising yet again for temporary staff with salaries in excess of £90k. The latest is for a Programme Manager to oversee the move from County Hall.

    Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at Surrey County Council, said:

    "The use of temporary staff runs the risk that if they fail to deliver long term solutions to the problems set, they are long gone before the problems come to light but are enriched by their generous salary.

  • Airplane
    Article: Mar 3, 2019

    Surrey Liberal Democrats remain opposed to the third runway at Heathrow, and whilst we appreciate this consultation is about changing the airspace, it is clear that not all of the proposals being consulted on are intended for the existence of only two runways. Therefore, we feel it poignant to reiterate our opposition to the expansion of Heathrow at this point, before establishing our position on the specific consultation issues. The need for further airport expansion is clear from increased efforts to open up global mobility, however, we feel expansion would be better utilised somewhere other than the South East of England which is already plagued by numerous airports. The South East of England will not be able to cope with the expansion of Heathrow as there is a serious lack of infrastructure to cope with all the consequences a bigger airport will cause. The investment into expansion and thus infrastructure would be better spent elsewhere in the country, and could be used to spread the economic opportunity to the North of England, where it is so desperately needed.

  • Claire Malcomson ()
    Article: Feb 25, 2019

    From Claire Malcomson, Liberal Democrat District Councillor for The Holmwoods:

    Last year a colleague and I started a pressure group MARFT ( Mole Valley Against Rural Fly-tipping). We have joined together with the CPRE, Surrey Willdlife Trust and the National Trust in order to fight fly-tipping and prosecute the culprits. It costs the NT £30,000 p.a to clear up tips on their land in East Surrey.

  • Bookham South Councillor Elizabeth Daly (centre, seen with campaigners Nancy Goodacre and Roger Adams) is determined to prevent the closure of Bookham Library and reverse previous cuts. She says:
    Article: Feb 13, 2019

    Liberal Democrat councillors and campaigners are leading the campaign to protect and strengthen Mole Valley's libraries during the next round of Tory cuts at Surrey County Council.

    Not satisfied with plans to close Leatherhead Children's Centre and Dorking Recycling Centre, Conservatives on Surrey County Council have decided to cut funding for Surrey's libraries by nearly 30%. The Council has not said where library cuts will fall - a consultation is expected after the next local elections - but a briefing document notes that just 18 libraries account for 65% of all library visits - implying that smaller libraries are not part of the Tory "plan".

  • Article: Feb 1, 2019

    For the Attention of

    Councillor Townsend (Independent, Ashtead)
    Councillor Curran (Conservative Bookham and Fetcham West)
    Councillor Clack (Conservative Dorking Rural)
    Councillor Hall (Conservative Leatherhead and Fetcham East)

    Dear Councillors,

    At the Surrey County Council Cabinet meeting on 29th January a decision was made to recommend closure of the Leatherhead Children's Centre and cut funding to the Dorking Children's Centre by 58%, two of the few "shining stars" in the Surrey Children's Services organisation.

    Surrey Children's Services were rated as "inadequate" by Ofsted less than a year ago and a new Director has since been recruited to correct this appalling indictment.

    These draconian and damaging cuts are being presented to the public by Surrey CC as a strategy to improve the service, while in reality are simply cuts to save costs.

    However good the track record and qualifications of the new Director of Children's Services, it is not possible to make a plan to safely care for the most vulnerable children in our community in such a short period in post.

    It is an accepted fact that the early intervention in the lives of children in vulnerable situations provided by Children's Centres, pays long term dividends and saves future costs in schools, probation services, police services and other public services to say nothing of the benefits to those children and their families.

    The Surrey County Council Cabinet will bring this proposal to a full Council Meeting on Tuesday 5th February and I challenge you to join our Liberal Democrat Councillors and vote against these cuts.

    Bob Vance
    Chair Mole Valley Liberal Democrats