Government spending on schools is set to drop for the first time since the 1990’s

The  Institute for Fiscal Studies say that schools funding has been well protected for the last two decades but this is set to drop by 6.5% in real terms over the course of this parliament. The National Governors’ Association said that the money being provided by Government simply isn’t enough to educate our children. “The Department for Education unfortunately doesn’t know how much it costs to educate a pupil whether it be a primary or secondary pupil,” Emma Knights, the association’s chief executive, on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. This is putting further strain on hard working teachers and in some cases is prompting them to leave the profession out[…]

Gunthorpe Ward: Safer Peterborough Speed Signs (Councillor Bond)

FANTASTIC NEWS FOR GUNTHORPE RESIDENTS!  Like many wards in Peterborough and of course all over the world, Gunthorpe is faced with the many motorists which deem it appropriate to SPEED. One of my first pieces of casework when I was elected back in May 2016; was the implementation of the 30mph speed limit signs at the beginning of Manor Drive (See Below). Manor Drive is a fast growing estate in Gunthorpe, located adjacent to Paston Parkway…however despite the speeding it was yet to have any speed provisions implemented. Before Christmas, Manor Drive was lucky enough to receive Speed Bumps as an extra provision to help tackle the on going issues[…]

Parking Safety in Gunthorpe- Update

Norwood and Gunthorpe Primary School Recap: You may have seen my many recent Facebook posts and blog posts regarding Gunthorpe Primary School, Norwood Primary School and Welbourne Primary School. I started working with all three of these primary schools before Christmas; after I was contacted by many concerned parents/carers and residents. Concerns were raised over many factors but primarily and most importantly the SAFETY of the CHILDREN.  (To update yourself click here) In one of my previous Blog Posts you may have seen that PCC had agreed to undertake assessments to assess whether further parking restrictions were needed and would be beneficial in the streets surrounding all three of the Primary[…]

Vandalism in Peterborough

You may have seen Peterborough Today’s recent articles regarding the extreme Vandalism at Ferry Meadows.  Sadly over the past few days there has been vandalism to the Children’s Play Areas, Trees and Memorial Benches at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. The Vandals carried this during the evening and it has been reported whomever carried this out; did so with a saw. It deeply saddens me that such thing is happening in Peterborough. I’m sure that many Peterborians have visited Ferry Meadows and probably have many happy childhood memories there. I can speak for myself, my friends and my family when I say I do. It is absolutely appalling that anyone could deem[…]

New competition to encourage Peterborough students to register to vote @angliaruskinsu

New measures worth £530,000 will be invested in order to encourage students to register to vote, Liberal Democrats in government have revealed. The plan is that the National Union of Students will be allocated funding to run a national competition for student unions to find the best ideas to get students to sign up to the electoral register. The best ideas will receive up to £10,000 to fund events or other projects proposed by student unions across the country. Commenting, our Parliamentary Candidate, Darren Fower said: “Its a great idea to get the NUS involved, as students are more likely to listen to them then a bunch on politicians. “Not[…]

Percentage increase of vote numbers

2015 General Election candidates selected! #VoteFower

  Well known City Councillor and local activist, Darren Fower, has has been elected by members of the Peterborough Liberal Democrats, to be their party candidate in the 2015 General Election for the Peterborough constituency, on May 7th. The vote at a recent hustings meeting, held at the Newark Hotel, on Eastfield Rd, also saw members select Cllr Nick Sandford as the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the North West Cambridgeshire constituency. Commenting after the meeting, Darren said: “I have spent my working life in a variety of roles in Peterborough, and am in my ninth year at the locally based charity Shine. “I’ve also been a city councillor for over a decade[…]

Liberal Democrat Council Motion 16

WATCH: Local Lib Dem motion SUCCESS for Council to join @VotesAt16 campaign! @PeteYouth

The Liberal Democrat City Council group recently enjoyed a piece of progressive success. At the latest Full Council meeting, they submitted a motion calling for Peterborough City Council to; join the Votes at 16 Coalition; ask the Chief Executive to write to our local MPs to inform them of this decision and ask them to support the campaign in the House of Commons, promote this policy through its communications and work with local schools, our Youth MP and the Peterborough Youth Council to raise awareness among young people of the UK system of Government and the role of active citizens in our democracy. WATCH the video below and MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND! Despite[…]

Nick Clegg calls for cycling journeys to be doubled by 2020 @SustransPBoro

Nick Clegg has announced that he wants to see the number of journeys made by bike more than doubled by 2020. Nick is calling for people to submit evidence of ways to help make this happen, which will be followed by a cycling summit to discuss ways in which the Government can help make it cheaper, easier and safer for people to cycle. Cycling currently represents a 2% share of journeys made across the UK and Nick wants people to come forward with ideas about what can be done to encourage more people to get on their bikes.  The creation of cycle highways, bike borrowing schemes and the teaching of[…]

VICTORY for @LibDems in our campaign to deliver £800 tax cut for ppl on low + middle incomes!

Cutting income tax by £700 – by raising the tax-free allowance to £10,000 – was the top priority on the front page of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. That comes into effect this month and the Budget confirmed that the Liberal Democrats have now been able to go even further. The tax-free threshold will rise to £10,500 next year, giving a tax cut of £800 for 25m working people since 2010. Liberal Democrat policy is to continue to increase the threshold in the next Parliament to £12,500. The Tories are keen to try and claim credit for our tax cut, but in reality they came into the election arguing for an[…]

Lib Dems in Government have helped create over 1 million new jobs! @CambsChamber

The Liberal Democrats in Government have helped create over 1 million new jobs and 1.5 million apprenticeships since 2010. We’ve done this by: Putting £5.5 billion extra into hi-tech manufacturing, science and renewable energy. Creating a £3.2 billion Regional Growth Fund to help fund growing businesses. Using £15.3 billion to improve Britain’s roads, railways and housing. Now we’re campaigning to create A Million More Jobs. How many jobs have we created in your area? Click here to find out.