tory tax bombshell 1Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council have today launched a petition against the 15% increase in council tax being proposed by the Conservative administration, the largest in the country and 9 times the rate of inflation.

ChrisChris Botten, Leader of Tandridge Lib Dems writes:

It will come as no surprise to head teachers and many parents that provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEND) in Surrey has been heavily criticised by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission.
Following a joint inspection by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission conducted during October this year, a number of serious criticisms have been set out which require a Written Statement of Action to Ofsted to set out how Surrey will tackle serious areas of weakness.
As an experienced Chair of Governors in a number of Surrey Schools I have been concerned for some time that the processes for the identification of special needs for Surrey children, and the delays in plans for meeting those needs, have frustrated parents and head teachers alike.
Now Ofsted and the CQC have confirmed those concerns and require a plan of action to resolve them.

Sarah Olney at WestminsterSpeaking at the count following her shock victory in the Richmond Park by-election, newly elected MP Sarah Olney said: