Archive for December, 2013

Residents asked to be vigilant as Sutton Council increases support for homeless and rough sleepers

Council opens a new service to help single homeless people find accommodation As cold winter weather approaches, Sutton Council is asking residents to help homeless people by making referrals using the new Streetlink service, if they spot anyone sleeping rough. Streetlink now provides a single point of contact for all London residents to report rough […]

Leader warns that services will suffer as Government makes 17% funding cut

Council Leader Ruth Dombey has described Government claims of a 3% cut in ‘spending power’ to local authorities as ‘disingenuous’ with almost a fifth of Sutton Council’s allocation being removed. Sutton Council received £79.6m from Central Government in 2013/14. Under plans announced yesterday, the Government will only grant the council £74.1m in 2014/15 and £66.1m […]

Leader warns that services will suffer as Government makes 17% funding cut

Sutton given a double whammy as Government reduces New Homes Bonus by 35% Funding cuts will mean painful decisions for Sutton Council Council Leader Ruth Dombey has described Government claims of a 3% cut in ‘spending power’ to local authorities as ‘disingenuous’ with almost a fifth of Sutton Council’s allocation being removed. Sutton Council received […]

Sutton Council Question Time goes digital

Council leader Ruth Dombey was in the hot-seat as the borough staged its first ever on-line question time last week using Twitter. Over 300 tweets were received in just one-hour on issues ranging from waste reduction to recycling, and from the local environment to volunteering opportunities. The event, which was themed around the idea of […]

Sutton Council asks residents to foster a new tree

People in Sutton have the opportunity to foster 620 new trees and help leave a green legacy. Under Sutton Council’s Tree Fostering Scheme they can help look after trees that are planted near their homes for up to three years. Maintenance duties will include watering the trees with three buckets of water a week in […]

Meals on wheels: Sutton Council ensures vital lifeline is prepared for winter

Sutton Council’s Meals on Wheels service is ready to keep its record of never missing a delivery after introducing a series of measures to ensure hot meals reach some of the borough’s most vulnerable residents this winter. As the temperatures begin to plummet, its work becomes even more crucial to the hundreds of people who […]

Sutton Council calls on The Post Office to work together to avoid closure

Council believes alternative solution could be found to relocate rather than close  Sutton Council has urged The Post Office to begin ‘meaningful dialogue’ in order to avoid the closure of a Crown Post Office in Sutton High Street. The Post Office plans to close the Crown Office branch in St Nicholas Centre which would force […]

Winter Information Centre opens to help people through the cold weather

• Sutton’s one stop shop provides information on everything from school closures and gritting routes to weather reports and health advice. Sutton Council has launched an online one-stop-shop to support its residents and businesses though the winter months. The Winter Information Centre (WIC) brings together information from a range of council services, and those of […]

Sutton primary schools rated best in London

Sutton primary schools achieve 3rd place in national school league tables Primary schools across Sutton have been hailed as ‘particularly impressive’ by the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). The Ofsted 2012-13 annual schools report, published last week, reveals that Sutton Council has achieved joint first place out of all 32 […]

Who’s your Sutton hero?

The hunt is on to find the people who make the most difference to their communities in Sutton. Sutton Council’s 2013 Community Awards are now open and nominations are being encouraged and invited. The awards, which are run annually, are designed to make sure that local “heroes” get the recognition they deserve for what they […]