Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Village Primary Schools Under Threat

by Roger Abbott on 15 April, 2017

Ockley School Has Closed   There is a major problem looming with our village primary schools. Unless we take action, there will be extensive closure of village schools, not just in our area but all over the country. The consequences will result in major changes to the demographics of our rural communities and this is […]

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Buses For All

by Roger Abbott on 8 February, 2017

Town & Country Services People living in rural areas need buses just as much as people living in towns and cities. Imagine being near the County Council offices in Kingston. You need to catch the bus to, say, Surbiton. You get to the bus stop to find you’ve just missed one. Don’t worry there’ll be […]

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Some thoughts on the summer budget

by Mike Ward on 10 July, 2015

Anyone interested in the details of summer budget can find some useful briefings and information here: BBC Local Government Association Liberal Democrats Our party spent five years preventing the Conservatives from implementing policies that we felt were unfair, as well as introducing distinctive Liberal Democrat policies that made our recovery fairer and more sustainable. Sadly, […]

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All school children under the age of 11 will be entitled to free school meals under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans announced today (29 April). Extending free school meals for seven to 11 year olds will benefit 1.9 million children and save parents around £400 per child a year. key_FSM-Nick These plans will more than double […]

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Lib Dems call for school transport improvements

by Mike Ward on 11 December, 2013

Surrey County Council has announced a review of school transport, but from the start has said: ‘Surrey County Council is not proposing any changes to its home to school transport policy for 2015’. If this sounds crazy to you, then you can tell them what you think by going to the consultation. My colleague, Stephen […]

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Cutting the Cost of Childcare

by Mike Ward on 23 March, 2013

Nick Clegg announced this week that families will soon be able to get up to £1200 off the cost of childcare for every child – needed relief for many in these difficult times. It will help parents make their own choices about how and when they return to work. Figures show that more than half […]

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I raised a question about this at today’s Local Committee. The answer was that the formal traffic orders are out for consultation at the moment and the deadline is Friday 8 March. They expect them to be in force some time in April.

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One of the clearest outcomes of the recent surveys carried out by the Liberal Democrats in 9 villages was overwhelming support for more bus options for children to travel to school. The surveys also strongly backed the idea that schools should be incentivised to arrange transport for children if the school believes that that is […]

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Beare Green Community Survey

by Mike Ward on 29 October, 2012