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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Council put pressure on MP’s to act on South Reading’s underfunded health services

A motion put forward by Cllr Ashley Pearce was unanimously passed by Reading Cllrs at March’s Full Council meeting. The motion pointed out that South Reading was 150th out of 150 CCG’s (clinical commissioning groups) in terms of funding across the UK. It also made clear the unfairness in the health funding gaps across Reading. South Reading residents receive the lowest funding per head in the country, over £200 less than the average of £1221. This has in part led to a life expectancy gap of over ten years between areas of South and North Reading. The motion has called for an urgent meeting between the CCG’s, MP’s and the relevant local Councillors to redress the balance.

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April events

  • Councillors surgery-Ward Councillors and the Whitley area PCSO will be at The Whitley Cafe on Saturday 1st April from 10.30am-12pm. Please come along and discuss any local issues.
  • Planning application committee: This months planning applications will be discussed and judged upon on Wednesday 5th April at 6.30pm at the Civic centre. Councillor Pearce sits on this committee.
  • Reading Banner delivery: The latest edition of the Reading wide Labour party newsletter the Reading Banner will be delivered through doors this month and can be viewed elsewhere on this website
  • Whitley Residents meeting- the next Whitley residents meeting will be held on April 27th at 7pm at South Reading Youth & community centre at 7pm. This is a chance for residents to express their concerns to local Councillors and police.
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Whitley Excellence cluster school Council meet Cllr Pearce

New block at Reading girls school

Cllr Pearce was delighted to be a guest at the latest WEC schools Council meeting held at the new building of Reading Girls school. The impressive new building held host to students from Geoffrey Field, Ridgeway, Chirst the King, New Christchurch and of course Reading Girls. Students from age ranges of 7-16 shared their views on their role models, local facilities, transport, education and the state of school meals! They also quizzed Cllr Pearce on his idols and the local library. A big thank you to everyone involved, a great show case for the young people of Whitley.

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Rob Wilson won’t stand up for Reading but Labour will

Reading East MP Rob Wilson thinks “it’s not his job to stand up for Reading Borough Council”. The man who continually puts his parties interests above those of Reading residents will presumably continue to do so. It is Mr Wilson and his party who vote through cuts to Reading Council that will see its funding fall from £53m a year to £2m, a £185 cut per head of the population compared to just £116 in Mr Wilson’s favoured Wokingham.

Mr Wilson denies these budget cuts are even happening, and claims that school budget pressures “aren’t about budget cuts”. Were Caversham Primary lying when they asked parents for £190 each to plug their funding gap? He says 90% of that schools budget is taken up by wages. But the average salary of a teacher is under half of what Mr Wilson earns, and teachers don’t get to claim lavish expenses like he does. Teachers have also faced a year on year pay cut since 2010, not getting to vote through an 11% pay hike as Mr Wilson did for himself.

Schools are struggling because budgets have been “frozen” but pupil numbers have increased, national insurance contributions and pensions contributions have risen, costs have risen and school improvement budgets have been slashed. It’s time to stop running Mr Wilson, these are you and your parties cuts. Time to stand up for Reading and not your party. Continue reading

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Further broken Tory promises

The Chancellor delivered his first full budget today and the grim Chancellor continued the incompetent work of his predecessor. Austerity will be extended to well into the next Parliament. There will be no surplus in this Parliament. National debt keeps soaring (more has been added to national debt in the last 7 years than ALL Labour Chancellors ever put together). No extra funding for the NHS. No new funding for schools. Not the school your son or daughter goes to now anyway, only more money for the PM’s pet project of Grammars to further entrench Tory inequality. Some of the numbers covered up in the full report are grim. Household income to FALL by £900 a year by 2020. This is to be the worst decade for pay growth in 210 years, that is when Napoleon was a worry for the UK. And the headline grabber, more Tory tax rises. Whilst company tax has continued to tumble, VAT that we all pay is still high and now the Tory strivers tax is to be implemented. National insurance contributions rises for self employed workers punishes innovators. It’s a tax on brick layers, cab drivers, consultants and a whole range of workers whose incomes may be irregular and insecure.

This is a Tory Government that breaks its manifesto promises and RAISES tax, it ADDS to debt, and it DESTROYS the public services we hold dear.

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