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  • Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Permits Letters Gallery Contact Links Save the Bath Road Reservoir Campaign Save the Bath Road Reservoir Group encourage public to participate in latest LDF consultation The Save the Bath Road Reservoir Group together with Alok Sharma the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West are calling on local residents to take part in the latest round of Readi Read more Bath Road Reservoir site reasons for rejection to be heard on 4th November Thames Water s application to redevelop the Bath Road Reservoir site was unanimously rejected by the RBC planning committee at their meeting on Weds 7th October Read more Bath Road Reservoir site lives to fight another day Thames Water s application to redevelop the Bath Road Reservoir site was unanimously rejected by the RBC planning committee at their meeting on Weds 7th October Read more Street party raises awareness of Bath Road Reservoir Campaign The street party in Western Road which backs onto the Bath Road reservoir site held on Saturday 5 September was hailed a great success by local residents and all those campaigning against Thames Read more Sharma slams Bath Road Reservoir planning application Alok Sharma reacts to Thames Water s latest planning application for 96 dwellings and the conversion of the water tower on the Bath Road Reservoir site Read more Save Bath Road Reservoir group meets Thames Water Chief Executive Alok Sharma Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West together with members of the Save the Bath Road Reservoir campaign group met on 30 June with David Owens the Chief Executive of Read more Shadow Minister meets Bath Road Reservouir Campaign Group Justine Greening MP Shadow Minster for Communities and Local Government visited Reading on Friday 26 June and together with Reading West Parliamentary Candidate Alok Sharma met with local resid Read more Save the

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  • Small Business Saturday
    invoices can have a significant impact on cash flow for their businesses Alok noted that the Government has agreed to take action to tackle late payment by introducing a new Small Business Conciliation Service and Small Business Commissioners that could help handle disputes with larger businesses but agreed to raise this issue in the House of Commons in conjunction with other local MPs Difficulties communicating with HMRC and the high cost of compliance with HMRC taxation rules Attendees at the business breakfast also raised concerns about the difficulties they face dealing with HMRC including long delays to answering phone calls having to spend long periods of time chasing HMRC for refunds and having to prove innocence if HMRC incorrectly requested payment Alok spoke about the work of the Treasury Select Committee which has investigated and raised concerns about the administration and effectiveness of HMRC in the past and agreed to help organise a roundtable event to discuss this issue further The importance of science and innovation to business Alok agreed to write to the Minister responsible for science to ask whether Reading could be considered for a Science Catapult as part of the Government s strategy to bridge the gap between academia and the business community The Chancellor announced in the Government s recent Spending Review that it would protect the 4 7 billion science budget in real terms over the course of this Parliament Alok Sharma said Small businesses are the lifeblood of our healthy economy in Reading the Thames Valley and we should do everything we can to support them It was concerning to hear that many of the FSB s members in the local area have been impacted by late payment and I have agreed to raise this issue in the House of Commons to ensure the

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  • Little Heath School
    rating to Good last year before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the official opening of the building Speeches were also made by David Ramsden Headteacher of Little Heath Wilma Grant Chair of Governors Councillor Peter Argyle Chairman of West Berkshire Council and Chris Telfer Chief Commercial Officer at UKN Group which works as a delivery partner to provide ICT resources to the school Little Heath Student Ambassadors then gave a vote of thanks to close the ceremony Earlier in the day Alok also met with some of the politics students at the school to talk about his work as a Member of Parliament and to provide advice on how to pursue a career in politics Alok Sharma said I was delighted to officially open the new Sixth Form building at Little Heath School which will provide a bright airy and comfortable space for students to study and learn It is a 21 st century space fit for delivering top class 21 st century education I also had an opportunity to hold a questions and answers session with 6 th formers before the official opening and was incredibly impressed by how articulate confident and positive they were which bodes well for the future Congratulations to head teacher David Ramsden and his staff the governors students and all those who provided input for the creation of the new building and I am sure learning in such surroundings will inspire pupils to reach for the stars in their studies David Ramsden headteacher at Little Heath School said We are grateful to Alok for taking the time to attend the official opening of our new building We are delighted with our new Sixth Form Sixth Form students at Little Heath have always been fantastic ambassadors for the school as well as role models for

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  • Spending Review and Autumn Statement | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    1 billion in 2019 20 that s higher than was forecast at the Budget and means Britain will be out of the red and into the black Protecting our national security by defending our country s interests abroad and keeping our citizens safe at home The Spending Review announced there will be no cuts in the police budget with real terms protection for police funding and delivers on the Government s commitment to spend 2 per cent of our national income on defence In total the Spending Review commits 4 trillion pounds over the next five years A huge commitment of the hard earned cash of British taxpayers and the Conservative Party knows we have an obligation to make sure it is well spent Our approach is not simply retrenchment it is to reform and rebuild with Full funding of the Five Year Forward View put forward by the NHS itself as the plan for its future with the first 6 billion delivered up front next year The biggest real terms rise in the basic State Pension in 15 years Thanks to our commitment to the triple lock next year the basic state pension will rise by 3 35 to 119 30 a week The biggest house building programme by any government since the 1970s with a doubling of the housing budget to over 2 billion a year Our bold plan to back families who aspire to buy their own home will deliver 400 000 affordable new homes by the end of the decade The phasing out entirely of the local government grant By the end of the parliament local government will keep all of the revenue from business rates We will abolish the uniform business rate so councils will be able to cut rates to attract new businesses but because the amount government raises in business rates is much greater than the amount we give to local councils through the local government grant we will phase that grant out entirely and devolve additional responsibilities New apprenticeship levy to deliver 3 million apprenticeships This will ensure large businesses share the cost of training but businesses with a wage bill below 3 million won t have to pay We will also increase funding for apprenticeships to make sure they are high quality apprenticeships Real terms protection of the schools budget We will maintain funding for free infant school meals protect rates for the pupil premium and increase the cash in the dedicated schools grant We re also going to open 500 new free schools and University Technical Colleges and invest 23 billion in school buildings and 600 000 new school places The largest ever investment in free childcare so working families get the help they need From 2017 we will fund 30 hours of free childcare for working families with three and four year olds We ll support 10 000 of childcare costs tax free and to support nurseries delivering more free places for parents we ll increase funding for the

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  • Unemployment Figures | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Unemployment Figures 11th November 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the news that unemployment in the Reading West constituency has fallen to another new record low Figures released today show that the number of people claiming Jobseeker s Allowance in October 2015 fell to 852 down from 1 040 in October last year which is an 18 per cent fall and down from 2 483 in May 2010 which is a 66 per cent fall The number of young people out of work has also fallen to another all time low with the number of people under 25 making a claim for Jobseeker s Allowance going down to 120 from 155 in October 2014 equivalent to a 23 per cent reduction and down from 640 in May 2010 which is a massive 81 per cent decrease Across the country the employment rate has reached the highest level in history at 73 7 per cent of people aged 16 64 and unemployment has fallen to a seven year low at 5 3 per cent Alok Sharma said These new figures are extremely welcome and continue to demonstrate that Reading is an economic powerhouse Businesses in Reading are benefiting from the low rates of Corporation Tax set by the Government and a discount on National Insurance Contributions through the Employment Allowance and they have responded by boosting employment in our town to ever higher numbers Alok continued On a national level three quarters of

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  • SportInspired | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 SportInspired 11th November 2015 Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West set up a meeting last week with SportInspired founder Richard Raynes and Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP SportInspired is a charity which works together with schools businesses sports clubs housing associations and local authorities to deliver programmes connecting communities by helping young people find new sports and enjoy being active The initiative is aimed at boosting the number of young people who join a sports club and continue to take part in sport on a long term basis tackling apathy and obesity Alok first became aware of SportInspired s work after they organised a SportInspired Games for 180 children from three Reading schools in June 2015 The meeting was held to introduce SportInspired to the Sports Minister to discuss how SportInspired could contribute to the Government s strategy for sport Alok Sharma said Having seen for myself the fantastic work that SportInspired do to encourage young people to take up new sports and continue to play them on a long term basis I was very happy to facilitate this meeting so that they could share their experience with the Sports Minister SportInspired founder Richard Raynes said We believe there is a sport out there for everyone By creating real partnership between the public private third sectors we are able to get non sporty primary school pupils enjoying sport and build the confidence aspiration and life skills of secondary pupils As a result every young person is healthier they lead better lives and are part of stronger communities Tracey

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  • Tilehurst Church | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    th November 2015 visited St Catherine of Siena Church on Wittenham Avenue in Tilehurst to cut the first turf to begin works on a new development project The project is aimed at delivering a welcoming and vibrant Neighbourhood Centre which acts as a community hub for people of all ages and backgrounds The focus will be specifically on creating an environment which will address issues of isolation and loneliness among older people and enable adults with learning disabilities to gain work skills The Church and Centre is already used by many community groups and around 350 people attend each week Among the church s volunteers is an adult with learning disabilities from a local residential centre Further opportunities will be developed working with Reading charity Prospects The development project will include A versatile comfortable multi use space to complement the existing hall Accessible toilets to allow use at all times when the Centre is open A new fully equipped kitchen A quiet meeting space and separate prayer counselling room A fully controlled heating system A new entrance directly accessible from the car park improving the present access Alok has previously visited the Church to answer questions about climate change and other global issues Alok Sharma said I was delighted to visit St Catherine of Siena Church and was honoured to be asked to cut the first turf to start the works on their new project The Church has a wonderful vision for a new community centre which will support people from the local community to build skills to get into work and provide a social setting for individuals who may otherwise become isolated and lonely This is project is yet another example of the way that local churches and faith groups take the lead to support those in need and

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  • Dickory Docks Nursery | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    April 2014 he and his wife Narinder have worked tirelessly to improve the nursery and introduced many improvements in IT office equipment new policies and procedures and have employed more apprentices Alok also spoke with some of the parents using the nursery about the Government s plans to help parents with the cost of childcare All parents of 3 and 4 year olds are already entitled to 15 hours of free childcare per week The Childcare Bill which was introduced in Parliament in June will mean all working parents will receive an additional 15 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds per week Some pilot areas will benefit from September 2016 with the aim to roll this out across the country in September 2017 The Government also expects to launch Tax Free Childcare which will provide working parents with up to 2 000 support for each child under 12 from early 2017 The Nursery located at Prospect School on Cockney Hill is open 8am to 6pm and offers large fully equipped play rooms and outdoor play areas full time and part time places a holiday club as well as early learning places for eligible 2 year olds and free places for 3 and 4 year olds Ofsted inspectors who carried out an inspection in August 2015 described the nursery provision as exemplary and that children thrive in the nursery from the exceptionally warm relationships they form with the staff Alok Sharma said I was delighted to visit Dickory Docks Nursery and it was very encouraging to hear such positive feedback from parents Congratulations to all the staff for their hard work in achieving an Outstanding rating in their recent Ofsted report and I hope that this nursery will continue to thrive under its new management Alok continued I

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