Funding boost for Harlow primary schools

IT is proposed to expand The Downs Primary School, Longwood Primary School and Holy Cross Catholic Primary Academy from one form of entry (fe) to two fe on a permanent basis with the provision of additional buildings, increasing capacity at all schools to 420 places. Each school would admit 60 pupils in reception from September 2014.

Nishall’s blog: The importance of family life

FAMILIES are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations. They also are places where every child and adult should feel that he or she is special and be encouraged to pursue his or her own dreams; a place where everyone’s in­dividuality is permitted to flourish. Although every family has conflicts, all the family members should feel as though they can ex­press themselves openly, share their feelings, and have their opinions listened to with understanding. In fact, conflicts and disagreements are a normal part of family life and are important insofar as they permit people to communicate their differences and ventilate their feelings.

Welfare Rights response to Harlow Council press release

Eventually HWRA was left with only two funders both of which are restricted. In these circumstances it would appear that the main or possibly only reason for the council to launch expensive winding up proceedings was to stop HWRA from pursuing legal action. This means the issues raised in the judicial review that was adjourned in May will never be aired in open court. For the reasons set out at the end of point 9 above HWRA did not have every opportunity to prepare for the winding up hearing. HWRA has had no IT access since 31/8/13. Most of the hard copy documents HWRA held were in judicial review bundles. This and the other information HWRA had hard copies of did not include the evidence supporting the calculation of HWRA’s counter-claim.

Stride attacks Halfon over energy prices

ROBERT Halfon has voted for higher energy prices in the House of Commons says Labour candidate, Suzy Stride. Under this government, energy bills have risen by almost £300 a year for families, and businesses say it’s the second biggest cost they face. On Wednesday (6th Nov) Labour held a debate in parliament calling on the government to freeze energy prices to ease the escalating cost of living for families and help out small businesses. Labour also called for all over-75s to be automatically put on the lowest possible energy tariff by their supplier. Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs voted down the proposal meaning higher energy bills for households and businesses in Harlow.

Harlow parents warned over absenteeism

ESSEX parents have been given heavy penalties for failing to ensure their children’s attendance at school, evidence that magistrates are taking the offence very seriously.

In the last two months twenty parents were prosecuted in court for their children’s consistent absence, including one who received a custodial sentence and two who received suspended custodial sentences. The parents were each summoned to appear after their children’s attendance did not improve following interventions from the Essex Education Welfare Service (EWS).

Robert Halfon wins Campaigner of the Year award

INSTEAD of hugging a husky, Halfon has been trying to hug a McCluskey this year; attempting to repair the relationship between the Tories and the Unions. His fuel duty campaign cost the Treasury £1 billion, as well as his campaigns for apprenticeships, free school meals for college pupils and justice for Kurdistan.”

Toddbrook Vets: Royal College “Clearly at fault” says Harlow MP

MR Halfon said: “The operating procedures for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons are clearly at fault if individuals such as Mr Oliver can continue to treat animals even if evidence of gross misconduct has been submitted against them. This is especially concerning in this case, as it has led to the further mistreatment of the animals in his care.

Film: Police bosses set out challenges ahead

THE police need all the help they can get from the public in order to reduce crime levels. Should the police enlist the help of Neighbourhood Watch groups by alerting them quickly to crimes committed in their area? Asking members for any information they might have about a crime committed today or yesterday – eg were there any strangers or unusual vehicles in your road/area today? – is much more likely to bear fruit than informing them that crimes were committed 2 months ago. Information sent to the relevant District Co-ordinator could be passed on quickly to an individual road or group of roads. Would the Chief Constable comment on this please?”

Council launch pathways to employment

ADULT Community Learning Essex is enrolling learners on Pathways to Employment, a practical programme aimed at improving learners’ chances of finding and maintaining employment. The course is aimed at the unemployed and covers a variety of subjects including finding and applying for jobs online, successful interview skills, improving communication and organisational skills and career planning.

“Victims” of bedroom tax speak out

THE BUSS family from Longbanks believe they have fallen victims of the Bedroom Tax. For a long time, they believed they were living in a two-bedroomed house. But now they have been told by Harlow Council that the downstairs room, they thought was a dining room is a spare room/bedroom and thus now subject to different rules under housing benefit changes.

Halfon raises question of youth services in House of Commons

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has called on the Government to ensure the future of youth services in Harlow as Essex County Council consults over slashing their budget from £5m a year to £2m a year over the next two years. Mr Halfon has tabled a Motion in Parliament which highlights the “remarkable” work of youth organisations in Harlow and the value they give to the local community and calls on the county council to protect the services “from any future budget reductions”.

Harlow MEP proud to be in the pink

EACH year in the UK around 50,000 women and around 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer, with 12,000 women and 80 men dying each year. That is why we need to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s fundraising efforts so they can continue to fund research which will one day lead to a cure.

Under-fire Essex councillor meets with youth groups

THE Essex councillor in charge of the youth service budget, Ray Gooding met with young people from across Harlow at the college this afternoon. The meeting organised by Harlow MP Robert Halfon, gave young people a chance to air their views on cuts to the youth service to the man in charge of making them.

Training provider names Robert Halfon as their politician of the year

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has been presented with a Politician of the Year award from Avanta, one of the UK’s leading employment and training providers. Each year Avanta names an MP who has made a significant impact both in Parliament and beyond, in the debate about skills policy.
This year Avanta chose Mr Halfon in recognition of his work in promoting apprenticeships, hiring his own Parliamentary apprentices, highlighting the importance of vocational studies and the raising the importance of filling the skills gap.

Council leader puts record straight on Harlow Welfare Rights saga

“MUCH has been written over the last year about the Council. The Council has not wished to conduct the proceedings in the media and, in any event, it has been constrained by the legal process initiated by HWRA from responding through the media. At every stage the Council has acted in accordance with the legal advice that it has received. It has worked within the rules and it has respected the requirement for confidentiality. It has been scrupulous in its approach to this issue but this has meant that it has not been able to respond to some of the ill-informed and misleading statements that have appeared in the press. It is now important to provide some facts.

Council pledges to support Raytheon workers

FOLLOWING the news that Raytheon are to make 51 staff redundant, the Council has issued the following statement: Councillor Tony Durcan, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Enterprise, said: “The Council wishes to offer its support and help to all local employees affected by this decision.

Suzy writes to Robert on youth cuts

AS you will know Essex County Council is consulting on their provision of youth services and proposing cuts of £3 million. I call on you to oppose these disgraceful measures. Failure to stop them will lead to the under provision of crucial youth services in Harlow, and will damage the prosperity, cohesion and day to day running of our community. There is little doubt that this will leave the lives and futures of our young people severely damaged.

Suzy urges Halfon to back apprenticeships bill

SUZY Stride, Labour’s candidate to be MP in Harlow has backed the “Apprenticeships & Skills Private Member’s Bill” and has called on MP Robert Halfon to do the same. Suzy Stride said “We need to get people back to work and a key way to do this is to ensure that apprenticeships have high quality placements to go alongside them.