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  • Alok Sharma welcomes Government cash to fix church roof in Theale
    was once sketched by the painter John Constable in 1832 can restore its roof and upgrade the integrity of its drain water pipes Over the last three years Holy Trinity s regular congregation has grown by 40 and the church has sought to play a larger role in the community The church is used at least twice weekly by the local church primary school with has 280 pupils and in 2014 all 1 100 pupils of Theale Green school attended the church for Remembrance Day The church played a major role in the Jubilee Celebrations in 2012 and then in the visit of the Olympic Torch In September 2014 the church featured prominently in the local commemorative events of World War 1 including the Rededication of its War Memorial by the Bishop of Reading in a church service attended by well over 200 people from all sections of the community and a commemorative concert with the Phoenix choir With funding for the roof repairs now secure the church will be able to meet the needs not only of its expanding congregation of all ages but also hopes to expand its role in the community and open the church for even more community use Alok Sharma said I am absolutely delighted that Holy Trinity Church has been able to benefit from this government scheme launched by the Chancellor at the last Autumn Statement which will make a big difference for the village Holy Trinity Church is a beautiful building built in the early nineteenth century and this funding will help ensure that it can stay open safely for many more years to come Reverend Ann Templeman said I am delighted that Alok drew this generous grant to our attention The much needed funding will enable us to meet not only the

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  • Sharma delighted as e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures
    Advanced Motorists cycling charity CTC and a cross party group of parliamentarians Tracey and Hayley both attended the summit with Alok Sharma On 6th May 2014 Secretary of State for Justice Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP announced a full review of penalties for driving offences The review is expected to be completed by spring 2015 with the timing of publication of the review s findings and recommendations yet to be confirmed Last month Tracey and Hayley met with Prime Minister David Cameron during which the Prime Minister promised to write to the Justice Secretary to feed Tracey and Hayley s views into the review In the Prime Minister s letter he wrote Last week I met Alok Sharma MP Chris Skidmore MP and the families of John Morland and Kris Jarvis and Ross and Clare Simons to discuss the changes to the law that they want to see on causing death by dangerous driving The families spoke powerfully about the horrific loss that they suffered and their strong views that the sentencing framework in place had not delivered justice in their cases Whilst noting that we are reviewing this issue so could not make specific commitments now I agreed that the following issues should be considered in depth as part of the review we are carrying out on sentencing for driving related offences The maximum sentence length available for causing death by dangerous driving currently a 14 year sentence Whether offenders convicted of causing death by dangerous driving should be denied automatic early release from prison at the half way point in the sentence The question of whether sentences should be awarded concurrently or consecutively in cases where a number of people are killed as a result of dangerous driving whilst recognising that the courts normally determine this issue The

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  • Sharma backs final Budget of this Parliament
    that is working It shows how a future Conservative Government would secure a better future for you your family and Britain by Choosing stability committing to run a budget surplus and keep our debt share falling Choosing jobs backing business and skills so we can achieve full employment and supporting pubs and brewers by cutting tax on beer cider and whisky Choosing the whole nation investing for a truly national recovery that is felt in all parts of the country by building a Northern Powerhouse and backing economic plans in every region Choosing responsibility helping savers with the Personal Savings Allowance abolishing savings tax altogether for 17 million people and giving savers more freedoms with Flexible ISAs so we build the economy on savings not debt Choosing aspiration with a new Help to Buy ISA for first time buyers If you save up to 12 000 towards a deposit the government will contribute up to 3 000 helping more people realise the dream of owning their own home Choosing families cutting income tax for 27 million people and continuing the fuel duty freeze so families can be more financially secure Alok Sharma said The Chancellor has delivered a Budget that works for Britain and will continue to bring prosperity to Reading West I particularly welcome the news that the Chancellor has further extended the fuel duty freeze and will increase the Personal Allowance to 11 000 next year which will provide a big boost to hard working people in Reading First time buyers will benefit with the introduction of a new Help to Buy ISA which means if you save up to 12 000 towards a deposit the government will contribute up to 3 000 helping more people realise the dream of owning their own home Alok continued This Budget

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  • Sharma celebrates Apprenticeship Week with Chiltern Training
    apprenticeship starts by 2020 and announced during National Apprenticeship Week that the Government would go further to raise the status of apprenticeships by introducing new degree apprenticeships Designed by businesses universities and colleges degree apprenticeships will combine the academic study of a degree with practical experience of high skilled jobs Apprentices will be able to earn bachelor s or even master s degree with the costs of studying being met by the Government and business Chiltern Training are a work based learning training provider offering training programmes from Apprenticeships through to management courses in a variety of different sectors including Childcare Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and Business Admin Chiltern Training are one of the largest local training providers for delivery of 16 18 Apprenticeships and have always been very active in promoting the benefits of Apprenticeships for both young people and businesses Josie Ballard Business Development Manager at Chiltern Training said Here at Chiltern Training we are always aiming to raise the profile of Apprenticeships During National Apprenticeship week 2015 we aim to publicise amongst individuals the benefits of becoming an apprentice We want to showcase the practical skills that Apprenticeships provide and how Apprenticeships can deliver a platform for excellent career opportunities and provide young people under the Apprenticeship programme the opportunity to earn while they learn We specialise in Childcare Supporting Teaching Learning in Schools and Business Administration training if you would like to find out more information then please contact Chiltern Training on 0118 9566 995 or email enquiries chilterntraining org Claire Hermitage Director of Childcare at The Forbury Gardens Group said The Forbury Group of Nurseries employs more than 20 Apprentices across their 3 nurseries The benefits it brings to us as a company are we can train our own staff to the standard

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  • Sharma welcomes intervention of Secretary of State to speed up works on Cow Lane bridges | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    West Past Campaigns Exporting for Growth Seminar Battle Health Petition Boosting primary school places in Reading Delivery of Purley Bund Flood alleviation for Keswick Close and Ogmore Close Flood alleviation for Kingsley Close in Whitley NatWest Branch Closure in Pangbourne No to Pincents Hill Development Number 33 Bus Route Number 33 Bus Route Survey Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Southcote rat infestation The Reading Futures Fair Underwood Road Precinct Development Visitor Parking Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Sharma welcomes intervention of Secretary of State to speed up works on Cow Lane bridges Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the decision announced today that the Secretary of State for Transport has approved a compulsory purchase of the land at Cow Lane so that vital works can continue to take place on the railway bridges The Cow Lane bridges are an infamous bottleneck for drivers but work to transform the bridges as part of the upgrade to Reading Station has been held up by a dispute with landowners Alok Sharma said I am delighted that the Conservative Secretary of State has given approval for a compulsory purchase order There is an overwhelming case that the works

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  • MP calls on council to review road safety at all Reading schools | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    today Alok was joined by parents teachers and children today at the campaign launch outside All Saints Infants School and All Saints Junior School Both the Infant and Junior schools have already made contact with the Council asking it to install a pedestrian crossing and paint zig zag lines on the road outside the two schools but contacted Alok for support because the council were not responsive enough about safety concerns All Saints Junior School which opened in September 2011 as one of the first free schools in the country is increasing its pupil numbers each year as it takes on extra year groups and the area is therefore getting much busier particularly during school drop off and pick up times Local parents have reported a number of near misses in Brownlow Road and are concerned that if action is not taken soon then a serious incident is likely to occur Alok gave a cautious welcome last week to the Council s response to a similar campaign in Dee Road by parents at English Martyrs Primary School In that case the Council has promised to install a pedestrian crossing following a consultation of local residents Alok Sharma said Following the work I have done to support parents at English Martyrs Primary School in Dee Road a number of other schools have contacted me to raise their own concerns about road safety and it is increasingly apparent that the Council needs to undertake a review of road safety measures across all Reading schools Alok continued The near misses being reported outside All Saints Infant and Junior Schools are incredibly worrying and sadly I fear they are typical of issues across the town I want the Council to respond as a matter of urgency to the requests from All Saints Infants and

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  • Sharma speaks to SSE about apprenticeships programme ahead of National Apprenticeships Week | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Government offers grants of 1 500 for businesses of up to 1 000 employees to take on new 16 to 24 year old apprentices if they have not taken one on in the last year From April 2016 employers will not have to pay National Insurance Contributions for apprenticeships under 25 During Alok s visit to SSE he met with local apprentice Andrea who works for SSE s network business in their Reading depot Since 2007 more than 800 apprentices have been hired by SSE which represents an overall investment of 64m SSE Trainees help maintain the 205 000 km of SSE s power lines across its distribution and transmission networks and its power stations wind farms and hydro projects They will carry out commercial or domestic electrical work Alok Sharma said The Government has delivered more new apprenticeships in 2 years than Labour did in 5 years This is one of the Government s greatest achievements and I am pleased the Prime Minister has given a 1billion commitment to go even further in the next five years and deliver 3 million new apprenticeships Alok continued It is important we raise the status of apprenticeships so that in the future young people leaving school view entering an apprenticeship in equal merit to going to university To achieve this we must ensure apprenticeships are of a high quality and valued by employers Putting businesses in the driving seat over the design of apprenticeships is raising standards and ensuring apprenticeships are rigorous as well as responsive to employers needs Government and SSE research shows People with an Advanced Level Apprenticeship earn on average over 100 000 more over the course of their career than those without On average 86 of apprentices stay in employment after completing their apprenticeship with 67 staying with

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  • Sharma hosts International Women’s Day event in Parliament | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    greater equality for women ahead of International Women s Day on the 8th March The event which was organised by founder of the CMnetwork Cecily Mwaniki and Utulivu Women with the support of the Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality ACRE The event focused on empowering women and featured a number of speakers who had overcome hurdles in life such as a lack of a formal education as a child or forced marriage and gone on to become successful business women Alok gave an introductory speech in which he spoke about the need for a more representative Parliament with a better gender balance and better representation from all communities as well as the work the Government is doing to help women in the workplace including extending flexible working introducing shared parental leave introducing Tax Free Childcare and free childcare for three and four year olds and the most disadvantaged two year olds Dr Phoebe Abe who escaped Idi Amin s regime in Uganda and came to Britain as a refugee where she completed her medical studies and went on to become a GP spoke about Female Genital Mutilation and her charity work to help end the practice The event also marked the launch of Dr Abe s book A Z Guide of FGM Alok Sharma said I was very pleased to host this International Women s Day event in Parliament which focused on empowering women I do think that more needs to be done so that the makeup of Parliament better reflects the communities that it represents and that means we need to encourage people from all backgrounds to put themselves forward as Parliamentary candidates Alok continued I am proud of the Government s work to help women at work by reducing the cost of childcare addressing the gender pay

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