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The Epsom & Ewell Liberal Democrats are local residents, not career politicians. We work together to promote a fair, free and open society. We believe that the role of national governments, and of local councils, should be to provide the services that their citizens require, without seeking to impose unnecessary limits or to needlessly restrict individual freedoms. If you agree with this philosophy, you are welcome to join us.

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News updates

  • Angela Goodwin & Chris Botten
    Article: Dec 5, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors celebrated today after Surrey County Council unanimously backed their call to increase the level of places for pupils with Special Educational Needs within Surrey. A motion, tabled by Liberal Democrat county councillors, was accepted unanimously by all council members at a meeting today at County Hall. The County Council spends a total of £237 million on SEND services for children and young people, educates 822 SEND students outside of the county, and spends nearly £27 million on travel costs for SEND students.

  • Surrey signs
    Article: Dec 4, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Councillors on Surrey County Council are calling for an end to the council relying on members of the public to report missing or damaged road signs and instead are calling for a sign inspection policy to be developed and implemented.

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council said today:

  • Vince Cable speaks at Claygate
    Article: Dec 1, 2017

    It was standing room only on Thursday evening, as Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable spoke in the village hall at Claygate.

    Seating capacity there is 400, but despite the cold evening even more than that turned up to hear his message.

    Later, Liberal Democrats in Caterham celebrated victory in two by-elections, one for their Parish Council and one for the Tandridge District Council.

  • Chris Botten
    Article: Nov 30, 2017

    Commenting on the letter published by OFSTED today, Councillor Chris Botten, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Children & Families, said:

    "These are very serious criticisms of Surrey County Council, 3 years after the County Council's Children's Services were inspected by OFSTED and subsequently rated as "inadequate". There is a long list of failings that have been identified: the poor quality of social work, weaknesses in managerial oversight, children not receiving the right help at the right time and, in some cases, children being at risk of harm.

  • Angela Goodwin & Chris Botten
    Article: Nov 30, 2017

    Liberal Democrats have called upon Surrey County Council to improve and expand its provision of services to children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). The County Council spends a total of £237 million on SEND services for children and young people, educates 822 SEND students outside of the county, and spends nearly £27 million on travel costs for SEND students. Liberal Democrat county councillors have tabled a motion, to be discussed at Council next week, calling for the Conservative-administration to invest in more SEND provision within Surrey, in order to reduce the number of placements outside of the county, as well as reducing travel costs and times for children and parents alike.

  • Hazel & Ges Ray
    Article: Nov 29, 2017

    A petition of over 2,000 signatures was today presented to a meeting of Surrey County Council's Cabinet, calling for Surrey's Performing Arts Library to be saved. The petition, which was launched by Liberal Democrat county councillors in September, was handed in by Ges Ray, Vice-Chair of the Leith Hill Music Festival. Recommendations as to the future of the service will be proposed by the Communities Select Committee at their meeting in February 2018, with a final decision taken by the Council's Cabinet in March.

  • Tories Waste Money on Luxury Cars
    Article: Nov 24, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed their concern after it was revealed that Surrey County Council's spending on consultants has more than doubled from the previous year.
    Following an information request to the County Council by Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, it was revealed that spending on consultants rose from £305,000 in 2015/16 to £663,420 in 2016/17 - a staggering rise of 118%. The maximum day rate paid was a shocking £1800 per day - meaning that at least one consultant working for the Tory administration was earning the equivalent of £468,000 a year.
  • Cllr Hazel Watson outside County Hall
    Article: Nov 22, 2017

    Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said today:

    "This Budget was a missed opportunity for the Government to address the crisis in social care funding in places like Surrey and to alleviate the pressure on local councils delivering essential services to vulnerable residents but who cannot keep up with demand and cost pressures. The worsening growth figures outlined by the Office of Budget Responsibility paint a bleak picture for local councils who desperately needed a cash injection from the government in order to carry out their statutory duties.

  • Cllr Stephen Cooksey
    Article: Nov 17, 2017

    Liberal Democrat county councillors today welcomed the decision by Conservative-run Surrey County Council to amend its unpopular street lighting policy. The policy, which was introduced in 2016 and early 2017, saw thousands of street lights turned off across the county without any consultation with the residents affected. The change of policy means that lights will stay on until 1am rather than midnight from Thursday 23rd November 2017.

  • Future of Epsom Hospital
    Article: Nov 12, 2017

    The results of Epsom & St Helier's NHS Trust's recent consultation were published on 10 November. More than 25,000 people joined in discussions on the long term future of the Trust's healthcare services.

    Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles had addressed numerous public meetings attended by 5,000 people and answered questions. 6,000 people watched their video and 1,000 filled in their questionnaire

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