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FRAMPTON COTTERELL TEENAGER COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE PRIME MINISTER

Eighteen year-old Zoe Duffner (second left) from Frampton Cotterell had the trip of a lifetime this week when she went to Westminster with her family and met the Prime Minister. 

STEVE WEBB RE-SELECTED FOR 2015 GENERAL ELECTION

Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb was last night (Friday 17th) unanimously re-selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the constituency at the next General Election.  

BIG BOOST FOR YATE CINEMA PLANS

A petition organised by local MP Steve Webb and local councillors in support of the proposed cinema for Yate has gathered well over 1,000 signatures in less than two weeks.  

LOCAL BROADBAND FIGHT GOES TO WESTMINSTER

Local MP Steve Webb has joined forces with local residents to raise the issue of poor broadband speeds in South Gloucestershire at the highest levels of Government.  

MP and CAB join forces again for Thornbury

Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb and South Gloucestershire Citizen’s Advice Bureau are working together on a new project to ensure the continuation of CAB services in Thornbury.   Earlier this year, the local community responded with great generosity to a campaign organised by the Thornbury Gazette to raise the £12,000 needed to keep the Thornbury bureau open for a year.   This gave much-needed breathing space to enable the CAB to make longer-term plans for services in the area.   Now South Gloucestershire CAB has prepared a bid to the Severnvale Area Forum which meets in early December

CABINET MINISTER VISITS THORNBURY

Cllr Karen Wilkinson, Cllr Shirley Holloway, Vince Cable MP and Steve Webb MP

BROADBAND UPGRADE DATES IN SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Below is an email I have received today from South Gloucestershire Council regarding the upgrading of broadband exchanges within South Glos.

Dear Steve

Thank you for your freedom of information request. 

I have provided a list below of the exchanges serving South Gloucestershire and when they will be enabled.  The Openreach Checker has now been updated with this information. http://www.superfast-openreach.co.uk/where-and-when/

LOCAL MP SLAMS ACADEMY OVER ‘ARROGANT AND SECRETIVE’ DECISION TO SPLIT SITES

The decision by the Ridings Federation to move A level teaching away from the Yate International Academy has been condemned as ‘arrogant and secretive’ by local MP Steve Webb.   The MP said he was being contacted by rapidly growing numbers of angry parents, pupils and staff over the decision and the way in which it was handled. 

Under the plans, A level tuition would be concentrated on the Winterbourne site, which vocational studies on the Yate site.   Pupils from Yate who wanted to study A levels at Winterbourne and use the link bus would be charged from next year – a move described by Steve Webb as a ‘Tax on Yate’.   

FUNDING BOOST FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

South Gloucestershire schools are receiving thousands of pounds of extra funding for disadvantaged children this year, with further increases planned for 2014/15 under the Government’s ‘pupil premium’ scheme.   Under the scheme, primary and secondary schools receive additional funding for each child on their roll who is entitled to free school meals, and the amount per child has been increased substantially in each of the last two years.  

BUS TO SOUTHMEAD CAMPAIGN – THE FIGHT GOES ON

Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb has vowed to keep up the pressure on South Gloucestershire Council and the local NHS to improve planned bus services to the new Southmead ‘superhospital’ when it opens next year.

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