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M3 Jn 9-14 Smart motorway plans on hold

by Jackie Porter on 22 November, 2021

Following the Government reports on the dangers of smart motorways, the work has been put on hold. This work should never have been started! See more in the Daily Echo article here:- https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/19734892.national-highways-postpone-m3-smart-motorway-work-winchester/?ref=ebmpn

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A Hampshire County Council scheme, which enables young people to hire mopeds at an affordable rate so that they can get to work or vocational training, is going green with the addition of five electric mopeds to its fleet of conventionally powered bikes The electric mopeds are now available to hirers through Wheels to Work […]

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The Leader of the Liberal Democrats has called for a “Sewage Tax” on water companies to prevent raw sewage polluting rivers and lakes.  Today MPs will vote again on the Environment Bill which includes new rules on sewage being dumped into rivers.Water companies pumped polluting and harmful raw sewage in national water sources over 400,000 […]

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Longer school days are a pipe dream without proper funding

by Jackie Porter on 4 November, 2021

Jackie says, ‘Government can’t promise to extend the school day without full support from teachers, the full funding required and proof that extending the school day is good for children too. ‘  Responding to the Department for Education report on proposals to lengthen the school day in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Liberal Democrat Education […]

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County Councillor Report to Parishes

by Jackie Porter on 1 November, 2021

Every month, I write a report on a number of issues for information to Parish Councils. Many items are relevant to the public too. So, I have decided to place them on my website too. After 16 years, I think I’ve written nigh on 200! This is my report to Parishes and Alresford’s Town Council […]

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Lib Dem Budget response: Rishi Sunak is out of touch with the British people  Responding to the Budget, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson, Christine Jardine MP, said:“Rishi Sunak is out of touch with the British people.  “Today the Chancellor missed the chance to avoid a cost of living crisis which will cause sleepless nights for families up […]

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Jackie says,’ With such high house prices and rental and travel costs in the district, the promise of a £9.50 minimum wage rings hollow. The private sector has to find this money too, but for the millions working and on Universal Credit, they’ll receive so little of every extra £1 they earn: it will be […]

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This article explains the risk for rural businesses as Gigabit projects in Shire Counties fail to make the grade for now. (my thanks to PSE online for this article) https://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/articles/counties-could-become-poor-relation-cities-gigabit-broadband?utm_source=Public%20Sector%20Executive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12744836_Newsletter%2021%20October%202021&dm_i=IJU,7L5Z8,3XEMM8,UW514,1

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The principle, and the proof that this works, is in the attached article from PSE. Australia has had drop in centres for years- and it has been shown to reap benefits.https://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/articles/lga-no-referral-early-support-mental-health-hubs-needed-nationwide?utm_source=Public%20Sector%20Executive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12715177_Newsletter%208%20October&dm_i=IJU,7KJ3D,LJ01X9,UTEGL,1

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20,267pensioners in Winchester hit by Conservative broken promise on triple lock The Liberal Democrats have published figures showing that 20,267 of State Pensioners in Winchester constituency are set to be impacted by the government breaking its manifesto promise and suspending the triple lock on pensions. The state pension triple lock is a rule that means […]

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