The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery, Kelly-Marie Blundell said today.
The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year earlier.
There is over 30,000 more jobs in Surrey than in 2010
Kelly-Marie Blundell said: “Today’s news sends a powerful message that this country is on the road to recovery.
“More people up and down the country are in work as we build a stronger economy and a fairer society.
“There are two million more people in private sector jobs, fewer unemployed young people and more women in work than ever before.
“Thanks to the Lib Dems there have also been a record number of new apprenticeships.”
It has been a few years since Surrey Highways rebuilt one half of Cabell Road. Since then anyone who drives along the road knows which bit they’re on because of the shaking of the car or bus. Lib Dem Councillors have been campaigning with local residents to get the other half done and finally Fiona has had an email from Surrey to say that it will be will be finished by Christmas at the latest.
Fiona commented: “We thank the two ladies who live in Cabell Road for the time they took to get signatures on a petition which was taken to Guildford Local Committee and reminded them of how bad the road condition is”.
Weston Road – Still not on the list
Surrey have a project called Horizon to get the worst roads in the County repaired. There are other Westborough roads on the Horizon list but one which is not there is Weston Road. It needs a proper repair and not just another round of filling and hoping. Guildford Lib Dems will keep campaigning until it is sorted out.
Construction is well under way for the redevelopment of the Farnham Road hospital. The Surrey and Borders NHS partnership and Laing O’Rourke, the construction company, are working closely with residents to try to solve any issues as they arise.
Councillor Anne Meredith says “Being a town centre site there are bound to be complications but regular meetings are held with myself and Councillor David Goodwin to discuss problems, and we also attend the drop in sessions which are held regularly for residents. There are meetings on 21 August and 28 October from 4.00 – 7.30pm in the education centre on the second floor of the main hospital building on Farnham Road.”
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Councillor Caroline Reeves says “We are very pleased to hear that The Environment Agency has received £1million to start work reversing the damage of the winter’s floods on the River Wey.
“The river experienced some of the highest flows in 15 years, resulting in it being the wettest winter on record. More than 160 properties were flooded in the Guildford and Godalming areas. In flood, the river carried a large amount of sand which has settled aroud bridg es and within the channe l of the river and the floodplain.
“The Environment Agency’s funding will allow it to start removing fallen trees and clearing areas where the sand has built up, with the work being carried out over the summer, focused initially between Guildford and Godalming. Residents who were flooded have all been offered the opportunity to meet with surveyors to assess the damages through the Surrey County Council repair and renew scheme.”
Cllr Hazel Watson, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Surrey County Council wrote to the Secretary of State asking him to investigate the excessive increases in councillor allowances and the excessive number of special responsibility allowances pushed through by the Conservative administration at County Hall. She also asked him to check whether the Government’s own regulations had been followed by the County Council.
Cllr Watson said : “I am delighted with the response I have received from Brandon Lewis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State to my letter. He has condemned the decisions on councillors allowances as “deeply concerning” and agrees with me that the County Council did not comply with Government Regulations. He has stated that the Government expects those in public life to show restraint and to set levels of allowances for councillors and remuneration for officers which reflect the pressure on budgets and the need to pay off the deficit left by the last Administration. I totally agree with his comments.
“Given the Government’s clear condemnation of the decisions and also the outrage expressed by Surrey residents who have to foot the bill, I am again calling on the Conservative administration at County Hall to overturn their decisions on councillors allowances and replace them with something much more reasonable.
“The Conservative administration at County Hall is living in cloud cuckoo land if they think that they can get away with these outrageous councillor allowances. It is time for them to back down and admit they made a massive mistake to the detriment of Surrey residents.”