Author Archives: Tim Hewish

Penn & Tylers Green FC to receive £34,782 of Legacy funding


It is great news that Penn & Tylers Green FC is one of 97 sports projects across England to receive a share of £5.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s ‘Protected Playing Fields’ fund. The funding is to make improvements to the football pitch which is currently unplayable during adverse weather conditions. Work will include levelling out the pitch and regrading the surface, helping to reduce fixture cancellations while also protecting the playing area for generations to come. […]

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Conservative plans for additional school places


The Government has announced an extra £2.35 billion to create more school places. This is in addition to the £5 billion that is already being spent in this Parliament. This means that between 2014 and 2017 schools in Buckinghamshire will receive £16.2m. It is the first time that councils have had 3-year allocations of funding to spend on school places, so Bucks County Council can plan ahead and ensure every child has a school place. This Government has already created […]

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Overall crime has dropped 10% in Thames Valley


There has been significant good news in the Thames Valley Police Area of which Wycombe is a part. This record has been supported by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Conservative Anthony Stansfeld. Anthony has explained to MPs that: In the last year overall crime has dropped by 10% in the TVP area, the second biggest drop in the country. Burglary has dropped by 20%. In Reading it has dropped by over 40%. Rural crime is now taken seriously […]

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Bucks CC shortlisted for four awards


Buckinghamshire County Council has been shortlisted for four national Local Government Chronicle (LGC) awards in the following categories: Public Health Corporate Governance Innovation in Commissioning Team of the Year The submissions were among a record-breaking 640 entries for the awards. While the final results are not yet in, few local authorities have fared better than Buckinghamshire. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on March 12. Martin Tett, leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said: We are thrilled […]

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Work Programme update


The latest figures from the Government’s Work Programme are now available. The positive data show that the Programme continues to support the long term unemployed into meaningful employment: More than 208,000 of our hardest to help jobseekers have escaped long term unemployment and found lasting work – normally at least six months – an increase of 40,000 in the three months since the last publication in June. That’s 208,000 more people in work – meaning money in their pockets and a more secure future […]

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Co-operatives Bill update


After the success of the Co-operatives in Education debate that I called in Parliament, I pressed the Government on its 2012 pledge to bring in a Co-op Bill: Steve Baker: In January 2012, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made a wonderful speech about how to reconstruct an inclusive, just and popular capitalism. He called for a new co-operatives Bill, but that has not yet appeared. I cannot imagine that the Liberal Democrats are opposing it, but I cannot […]

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NHS improvements in Bucks


There was encouraging news from Bucks NHS Trust following recommendations made by the Keogh review earlier this year. A meeting this month found that there had been “real progress” in the Trust’s efforts to improve the quality of care it provides. Representatives from NHS England, Trust Development Authority, Care Quality Commission and local Clinical Commissioning Groups, and staff from Buckinghamshire Healthcare were able to detail a number of initiatives and developments that are now in place to help improve care […]

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Mortality rate for Hospitals in Buckinghamshire improving


The recent publication of the Dr Foster Good Hospital Guide 2013 showed that the mortality rate for hospitals in Buckinghamshire has continued to improve over the last year. The Hospital Standardised Mortality Rate is now in the ‘as expected range’ for the first time in recent years. The Guide looks at a number of different indicators to build up a picture of the quality and safety of a hospital’s services. Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has improved in a number of […]

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Educational Co-operative services available locally in Bucks


After the debate on Co-operatives in Education that I called last month, I have been made aware of Resolute Education Co-operative Ltd (RECOOP). It provides four key services for schools: Emergency cover when a teacher is absent Cover for planned teacher absences Placement of Instructors Recruitment of full time teachers and instructors RECOOP offers low fees and savings for many schools in the region of thousands of pounds, while teaching members receive equitable pay for their services. It is a […]

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Receive your local health check


Last week, I had one of the NHS health checks offered at libraries in Buckinghamshire for people aged between 40 and 74 to help reduce their risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. It was comprehensive, brisk and professional. No appointments are necessary. The 20-minute check includes questions on health and diet and a simple finger-prick cholesterol test. Height, weight and blood pressure measurements are taken. We found that my cholesterol was a little bit high but my wife, a […]

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