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

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.  

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