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 WELCOMES NEW SERVICE FOR ISOLATED OLDER PEOPLE

Steve Webb MP with the Sliver Line founder, Esther Rantzen, at a meeting to discuss the service.Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb has welcomed a new confidential phone line service launched this week focused exclusively on the needs of older people.   The service, known as the Silver Line, has been developed

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.

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

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