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  • Tory allowances
    Article: Jun 7, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors in Surrey have launched a petition calling for the recent increase in allowances for Conservative councillors to be reversed. The increase was voted through by Conservative Councillors with four new positions of "Deputy Cabinet Member" created, each at a cost to the taxpayer of £10,000, despite the County Council planning millions of pounds of cuts to services over the next year. The Conservatives also voted to reinstate allowances for vice-chairs of committees, contradicting a report from the Independent Remuneration Panel which concluded that allowances for vice-chairs were not necessary.

  • County Hall
    Article: May 23, 2018

    Liberal Democrat County Councillors in Surrey have heavily criticised the Conservative-administration at County Hall after Conservative Councillors awarded themselves thousands of pounds of extra allowances in a vote at Council yesterday. The vote means that 4 new Deputy Cabinet positions will be created, at a cost of £40K a year, as well as extra allowances for committee vice-chairs. Liberal Democrat County Councillors opposed these increases and voted against them at County Hall.

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

  • Chris Botten
    Article: May 22, 2018

    Reacting to the news that Government Commissioners will be overseeing Children's Services in Surrey for 3 months, Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council, said:

    "I welcome the decision for Commissioners to work in Surrey over the next 3 months. The County Council needs a laser-like focus in improving these vital services for the children of Surrey and the work of the Commissioners will aid this process.

  • County Hall
    Article: May 16, 2018

    Responding to the publication of today's Ofsted inspection of Surrey County Council, Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The publication today of the Ofsted report into Surrey's Children's services makes difficult reading, and tells of a slow, almost dilatory approach to improvement since the last Ofsted inspection.

  • Chris Botten
    Article: May 16, 2018

    The Liberal Democrat group on Surrey County Council have appointed Cllr Chris Botten as Group Leader following the retirement of Cllr Hazel Watson from the group leadership, a role she has fulfilled continuously since 2005.

    Cllr Botten, who has represented Caterham Hill division since 2017, said: "Hazel has worked incredibly hard over many years and I will be looking to build on her strong legacy. It is fitting that her 25 years as a county councillor will be celebrated at next week's Council AGM.

  • SE Cambs victors
    Article: May 8, 2018

    The South Cambridgeshire Liberal Democrats have won control of South Cambridgeshire District Council.

    Tthis is an amazing result and the first time that the Liberal Democrats have been in charge of the district since it was created. It is a huge responsibility, but the leaders of the local party believe there could not be a better team to take it on.

  • Kingston victors
    Article: May 8, 2018

    In an amazing victory Liberal Democrats have won 39 seats on Kingston Council in the local elections, with the Conservatives winning only 9 and Labour 0.

    You can see the ward by ward breakdown on the Kingston upon Thames council website.

    Congratulations to all the new councillors and to all the campaigners who helped to make it happen! This will be the largest ever Lib Dem Group on the Council.

  • Lib Dem Jumpers
    Article: May 5, 2018

    Up 5%, up 4 Councils, up 75 Councillors.

    Following our numerous by-election gains earlier this year, our spectacular wins in the recent local elections in Kingston, Richmond and South Cambridgeshire mean that the Liberal Democrats are the only party to gain control of more councils, as well as winning an additional 75 seats.

  • Budget Cuts
    Article: May 1, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed their concern after it was revealed that Surrey County Council is planning to reduce spending on services by nearly £200m by the end of 2019/20. The figures were released in a report to the Council's Cabinet earlier this week, alongside the Conservative-administration's decision to hire consultants, at an undisclosed sum, to assist with the County Council's "programme management and change capacity" project.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Apr 10, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors have expressed their concern after it was revealed that Surrey County Council has not spent any of the income derived from its £298 million commercial property portfolio on council services. Previously, the Conservative Cabinet Member for Property & Business Services stated that: "We also have an additional need to generate an income from our strategy if we are to have any hope of raising enough money to fund the services our residents need."