P1000771 SMThis weekend, environment Minister Andrea Leadsom criticised the charges that have been introduced at the recycling centres here in Surrey. Her comments will form part of the Governments litter strategy that was finally published this morning.

cipfaIt has emerged that Conservative Run Surrey County Council supressed a damning assessment of the financial health of the Council conducted by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The report cost the council £25,000 and was commissioned in December, but was only released to councillors on March 21st, six weeks after the budget decision.

David Lee EU smCaterham Valley and Whyteleafe Liberal Democrats have unanimously selected Caterham Valley resident David Lee to stand in the upcoming County Council seat for the Caterham Valley and Whyteleafe Division. This seat is vacant as the sitting Tory is retiring.

tory tax bombshell 1Liberal Democrat county councillors are calling for the release of an "invisible" report, for which the Conservative administration at County Hall paid nearly £25,000.
The report was quoted in the papers for the council's budget meeting on 7th February and relates to a "financial resilience review" which was carried out in November 2016 by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) at the request of the Leader of the Council, and cost £24,500.

tory tax bombshell 1Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have called for the Leader of the Council, Councillor David Hodge, to resign or face a motion of "No Confidence" following the release of emails last night which revealed he had written to the Prime Minister asking for more cash "so that Surrey will continue to be a heartland for the Conservatives". In another email he bemoaned the fact that the Conservative Government "ties my hands and fails to support...(the)...largest Conservative group in the UK".