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.

STEVE WEBB CONDEMNS NHS ‘LIES’ ABOUT LOCAL NHS FACILITIES FOLLOWING FOI REQUEST

Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb has hit out at NHS managers for misleading local people about community NHS services.   As part of the decision to close Frenchay Hospital, local people in South Gloucestershire were told that the loss of their local acute hospital would not matter because there would be an improvement in community services, with outpatient appointments available locally.  But a Freedom of Information request by Steve Webb MP has found out that only a tiny proportion of outpatient appointments are actually taking place at the recently built Yate health centre.   Out of ov

STEVE WEBB BECOMES AN ‘APPRENTICE’ FOR THE DAY

Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb is to swap his role as Minister of State for pensions to become an apprentice with leading local financial service provider Hargreaves Lansdown for the day on Tuesday 30th July.   The aim is to help the MP see what it feels like to be an ‘apprentice’ and also to highlight the fact that apprenticeships are now available in a wide range of sectors, not just in traditional manufacturing or factory-based work.   He will spend time working with the pensions helpdesk, learning more about the issues that members of the public raise with financial expe

STEVE WEBB SEEKS MEETING WITH MINISTERS OVER LOCAL BROADBAND ‘BLACK HOLE’

Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb is seeking a meeting with ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport over a local community which is set to miss out when broadband speeds are improved across South Gloucestershire.   Under the Government’s plans, private businesses are expected to provide new ‘superfast’ broadband to around two thirds of Britain on a commercial basis, with the ‘final third’ of the country benefiting from a subsidised scheme run by Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK).

LOCAL PRE-SCHOOL JOINS FORCES WITH YATE & DODINGTON IN BLOOM

Children at the Bright Beginnings pre-school based in Yate have benefited from a partnership with Yate and Dodington in Bloom to provide a new gardening area for the children to enjoy.   An overgrown outdoor area to behind the pre-school’s buildings at Cranleigh Court Road has been transformed into a careful kept garden with the help of gardening experts and volunteers from the local ‘In Bloom’ team.   At a recent pre-school open day, local MP Steve Webb was shown the new garden area and heard how the children enjoy seeing things grow and looking after the garden.  

BIG RESPONSE TO ‘BUS TO SOUTHMEAD’ CAMPAIGN

Local MP Steve Webb has had a big response from local residents to his campaign for a direct bus link from the Yate area to the new Southmead Hospital in time for its opening next year.  

MP CONDEMNS JOB CUTS AT ASHFIELD

Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb has condemned this week’s announcement of large job cuts at Ashfield prison at Pucklechurch.   The Young Offenders Institution has now been emptied and will soon be used instead as a Category C prison for low and medium risk male sex offenders.   Yesterday the operators SERCO announced that this would involve around half of the workforce at Ashfield losing their jobs.

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MP WELCOMES £300K GRANT FOR LOCAL ADVICE AGENCIES

Local MP Steve Webb has welcomed a major grant from the Big Lottery Fund to local advice services over the next two years.   The grant of just under £300,000 will support services provided by South Gloucestershire Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK South Gloucestershire and the North Bristol Advice Centre.   These larger organisations will in turn partner with other local groups such as housing associations and charities, including the South Gloucestershire Deaf Association and the Alzheimer’s Society.

DAY CENTRE GETS SURPRISE VISITOR!

Local MP Steve Webb this week paid a surprise visit to the Dementia Day Service at Cambrian Green in Yate.  The reason for the visit was to celebrate the national prize awarded to Beth Tovey for the high quality of care that she and her team provide to service users at the Centre. 

MP GIVEN ASSURANCES OVER LOCAL PRISON CHANGES

Local MP Steve Webb has received a letter from prisons Minister Jeremy Wright seeking to offer reassurances over the planned change of Ashfield Prison at Pucklechurch from a Young Offenders Institution to a Category C prison housing male sex offenders.  

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