Tom Brake MP warns of bitter pill for Sutton’s pharmacies

Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake, has joined with local pharmacists in mounting strong opposition to Government plans to cut £170 million from pharmacies in 2016/17. If the government’s plans go ahead, an estimated £660,000 would be slashed from Sutton pharmacy budgets, putting as many as 11 pharmacies at risk of closure.

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Dr Bike back in the saddle for summer 2016

Popular pedalling practitioner Dr Bike returns to various locations across Sutton in a chain of events over summer 2016.

The Dr Bike sessions are a chance for residents to get free safety advice and security marking to keep their bikes safe from theft. The police will also be at the events to help support the initiative and share their expertise with residents.

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Brake Pays Homage To Carers

Tom Brake MP recently paid homage to carers across Sutton as part of carers week. These unsung heros in our community are finally getting the recognition they deserve, with a week dedicated to the invaluable service that they give.

An estimated 20,000 people in Sutton juggle their jobs and responsibilities, while also giving care to their loved ones. Carers Week seeks to highlight the challenges that carers face, as well as being a way for the community showing their gratitude for the work that they do. The focus of this year’s campaign has been to build ‘Carer Friendly Communities’. This is focused on businesses better understanding the needs of carers, and hopefully in the future, carers will feel more integrated in their communities.

The Liberal Democrats have had a strong record regarding carers, investing £400m into a respite fund during the last Coalition government. The Lib Dems would also have given carers a £250 bonus each year had they been in Government.

MP Tom Brake, thanking the carers in his constituency said:

‘Carers in the borough of Sutton make up almost 10% of the population, yet often their needs are overlooked as they put the needs of others before themselves. Carers need us to rally behind them and show how much we value all the work that they do. That is why I am encouraging as many businesses as possible to commit to building more carer-friendly communities and to also get involved with the various events going on this week’

If you want to help make your community more carer-friendly, sign up at or head over to Sutton Carers Centre to see how you can get involved.


Alan Salter has resigned from the Council following financial allegations made against him.  He is seeking legal advice on the allegations made.

Alan has been a member of the Council for Carshalton Central since 2010.

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Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, is awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Ruth Dombey, Liberal Democrat Leader of Sutton Council, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Local Government and London in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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Sutton Council pays tribute to the borough’s carers

The high value that Sutton places on its thousands of unpaid carers has been highlighted during this year’s National Carers’ Week.

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Weekly food collection and more recycling for Sutton as part of proposed new service

Sutton households could have a new weekly food waste collection along with almost double the amount of recycling capacity if plans to outsource services are approved by four boroughs in the South London Waste Partnership.


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The volunteers who contribute to Sutton’s community life

More than 50,000 people in Sutton - a quarter of the borough’s population - undertake some voluntary work each year.  And more of Sutton’s young people than ever before are turning to volunteering, both to give something back to the community and to learn new skills and to gain practical experience they need to help secure a job.

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Sutton Council urges parents to vaccinate their children

Liberal Democrat Sutton Council is urging residents to ensure that they or their children have been vaccinated against measles.

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Sutton expands dementia care service after improved quality of care and support for families and carers

Sutton’s specialist dementia nursing service has been expanded after it was found to improve care for people with dementia and provide increased support for carers.

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