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  • Chris Botten
    Article: Aug 6, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors are calling for Surrey County Council to make urgent financial preparations following a recent judgement in Bristol in which a group of parents successfully challenged Bristol City Council's decision to make deep cuts in special educational needs (SEND) provision. Parents in Surrey have launched a similar judicial review challenging the County Council on cuts to its SEND budget of £21m, which will be heard in October this year.

  • Will
    Article: Jul 27, 2018

    Surrey County Council has commissioned a second report from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) to review its financial resilience. This follows a report commissioned in December 2016, costing nearly £25,000, which warned that the financial position of the County Council was "extremely worrying" and that "it is risk of becoming financially unsustainable".

  • County Hall
    Article: Jul 11, 2018

    County Councillors in Surrey have agreed that children's mental health and special needs provision should be the subject of detailed study in partnership with universities and others so that current and future demand for these services can be met. Cllr Chris Botten, Leader of the Lib Dems at SCC moved an amended motion at yesterday's Council meeting, which was passed unanimously, calling for future needs to be understood in the context of current unacceptable waiting lists for CAMHS treatment and a severe shortage of SEND places in the County.

  • Angela Goodwin & Chris Botten
    Article: Jul 5, 2018

    Liberal Democrat county councillors are calling for urgent improvements to Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, known as CAMHS, in the county. Surrey County Council currently commissions these services from Surrey & Borders NHS Trust but there has been strong criticism of the long waiting times for routine assessments and appointments. Liberal Democrat county councillors have tabled a motion on CAMHS to be discussed at Council next week.

  • Exit from Brexit Marchers
    Article: Jun 30, 2018
    By Will Forster

    This time last week, 100,000 people marched through the streets of London calling for the public to have a final say on Brexit.

    Everyone can see the Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit, Theresa May's negotiations on the deal are getting more chaotic and confusing - meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership is helping the Tories deliver a destructive Brexit that will be bad for Britain.

  • MgSO4
    Article: Jun 26, 2018

    Epsom and Ewell MgSO4 Arts Festival 2-8 July 2018

    The year 2018 is being celebrated as the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts, Magnesium Sulphate MgSO4.

    Events have been organised at Epsom Library, Bourne Hall and Nescot, with live performances at lunchtime in Epsom Square (formerly known as Derby Square).

  • Peoples Vote 4
    Article: Jun 24, 2018

    Over 100,000 citizens marched for a vote on the final Brexit deal.

    Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats, non Party.

    All hoping for an Exit from Brexit.

    Some from Epsom & Ewell.

  • Cllr Hazel Watson
    Article: Jun 19, 2018

    On 18th June 2018, the Home Office issued a letter to the Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, regarding Ahmed Hassan's interaction with the police and Home Office, prior to the Parsons Green bombing incident in September 2017. Commenting on the letter, Cllr Hazel Watson (Liberal Democrat, Dorking Hills) said today:

  • 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: