Working for our part of Rural England with the Rural Services Network





Location: South East

Population: 1,168,809 (Mid-year estimate 2015)

Interesting fact: In the third week of July each year, the River Thames witnesses the ancient ceremony of Swan Upping: the annual census of the swan population for the Queen. The ceremony has been going on since the 15th century and when Queen Elizabeth attended in 2009 it was the first time a monarch had been at the ceremony for over 350 years.



Surrey is a member of the Rural Services Network and falls
under the branch of our service called the Rural Assembly.
A list of all the Rural Assembly members can be found here.


Surrey Information

Phone number
03456 009 009
Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Enterprise M3
Frequency of elections
Every 4 years
Number of councillors
Political composition
Conservative - 61
Liberal Democrats - 9
Residents' Associations/Independents - 9
Labour - 1
Green - 1
East Surrey - Sam Gyimah (Conservative)
Epsom & Ewell - Chris Grayling (Conservative)
Esher and Walton - Dominic Raab (Conservative)
Guildford - Anne Milton (Conservative)
Mole Valley - Sir Paul Beresford (Conservative)
Reigate - Crispin Blunt (Conservative)
Runnymede and Weybridge - Philip Hammond (Conservative)
South West Surrey - Jeremy Hunt (Conservative)
Spelthorne - Kwasi Kwarteng (Conservative)
Surrey Heath - Michael Gove (Conservative)
Woking - Jonathan Lord (Conservative)
Decision making structure
Leader and a Cabinet
Population change
Population change
One Year Population Change
+ 0.7%
Ten Year Population Change
+ 9.1%
Police Authority
Surrey Police
Fire Service
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service
Health Authority
SASH Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
166,277 Hectares
Rural Output Areas
500 rural OAs from 3578 OAs in total
Audited by
Southern Region (Audit Commission)
Rural Classification (Defra)
Predominantly Urban
Population by Area- (Density)
7.03 people per hectare
Number of Parishes
Number of Parish Meetings
Number of Parish Councils
Number of Town Councils
Average house price
Elmbridge - £501,000
Epsom and Ewell - £424,308
Guildford - £379,475
Mole Valley - £440,000
Reigate and Banstead - £355,000
Runnymede - £350,000
Spelthorne - £325,000
Surrey Heath - £350,000
Tandridge - £381,375
Waverley - £400,000
Woking - £345,000
(Median price paid by local authority, year ending Q4-2015 - provided by UK HPI data published by Land Registry © Crown copyright 2016)
Outsourced Services
Information yet to be supplied
Average age of population
40.2 (2011 Census data)
Main Towns
Addlestone, Ashford, Banstead, Caterham, Cobham, Earlswood, Egham, Egham Hythe, Epsom, Esher, Ewell, Horley, Molesey, Oxted, Redhill, Shepperton, Sunbury-on-Thames, Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Whyteleafe, Woking
Unemployment rate
0.4% (JSA claimants for August 2017)
Current Council Tax
(amount reported is the amount received by the Council - no other services are included)
2015/2016 Council Tax - £1,219.68
2016/2017 Council Tax - £1,243.89
2017/2018 Council Tax - £1,331.55

Percentage of households socially rented from council or local authority
4.9% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population who have reported they are in very good health
52.4% (2011 Census data)
Percentage of population which provides unpaid care
9.6% (2011 Census data)
Employment by Occupation
Percentage of people aged 16 and over who are in Social Major Group 1-3
54.7% (ONS annual population survey - April 15-March 16)
Average annual wage for full time employees
  1. 2014 Workplaced Based Median - £30,842
    2015 Workplaced Based Median - £31,330
  2. 2014 Workplaced Based Mean - £38,895
    2015 Workplaced Based Mean - £39,437
  3. 2014 Resident Based Median - £34,258
    2015 Resident Based Median - £34,455
  4. 2014 Resident Based Mean - £48,180
    2015 Resident Based Mean - £44,979
Percentage of those employed in full time employment
75.8% (2011 Census data)
Cars or vans owned per household
(2011 Census data)
No cars or vans - 13.1%
1 car or van - 40.4%%
2 cars or vans - 34.2%
3 cars or vans - 8.7%
4 or more cars and vans - 3.5%
Local Newspapers
Information yet to be supplied
National Park/AONBs
Surrey Hills (AONB), High Weald (AONB)

2015 English Indices of Deprivation analysis toolDeprivation

(Produced by Oxfordshire County Council)

The Research & Intelligence Unit of Oxfordshire County Council have produced an interactive tool that present the 2015 English Indices of Deprivation on a map of England to make it easier to explore the data for your areas of interest, and have kindly made this tool available to members of the Rural Services Network.

The analysis works through your web browser, and can be accessed for the South East Region here

(All factual information on these pages is updated annually by the RSN)
(Information given via links will however be updated as new information becomes available)




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