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  • Taxes to be cut for 30 million people under a Conservative government
    tax will be increased to 50 000 A 12 500 Personal Allowance will mean that nobody working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage will pay income tax assuming an 8 minimum wage in 2020 on the basis of current projections 30 hours is the threshold in the tax credit system for full time work The Prime Minister has also committed to ensuring everyone will have access to a GP seven days a week by 2020 and that NHS spending will continue to rise throughout the life of the next Parliament Reacting to the Prime Minister s speech Alok Sharma said This was one of the best speeches David Cameron has ever given It had gravitas substance and detail providing a huge contrast to Ed Miliband s speech last week when he forgot to make a single mention of the economy and deficit I am absolutely delighted that under a Conservative government there is going to be even more funding for the NHS and tens of thousands of my constituents will receive a tax cut Alok continued I have argued in Parliament for the personal allowance to be raised to a level where no one who is working on

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/763 (2016-02-15)
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  • Youth unemployment hits new record low in Reading West
    unemployment hit a new record low The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance JSA has fallen from 2 483 in May 2010 to 1 040 in October 2014 equivalent to 1 9 of the working age population Youth unemployment has also fallen a massive 76 with just 155 people under 25 claiming JSA in October 2014 compared to 640 at the time of the last General Election This is the lowest level ever recorded in the Reading West constituency Alok Sharma said It is excellent news that both overall unemployment and youth unemployment are down in my constituency again This is a clear demonstration of Reading s status as an economic powerhouse and proof that the Government s long term economic plan is delivering real benefits to the people of Reading Alok continued There is more to do and we know that families are still feeling the effects of Labour s Great Recession But the only way to get living standards up sustainably is to keep working through the economic plan that is getting people off welfare and into work Alok Sharma MP Reading West The Reading West constituency embraces parts of two local unitary authorities Reading Borough and West

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/762 (2016-02-15)
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  • Sharma to raise concerns about “The People‘s NHS” campaign group in Parliament | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    pledged to raise his concerns in Parliament about a campaign group operating in Calcot following complaints from local residents about dishonest behaviour Representatives from the campaign group The People s NHS which is supported by the trade union Unite have been knocking on doors and phoning homes in Calcot asking residents to sign a petition relating to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership TTIP and the NHS TTIP is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by the European Union and the government of the United States of America to remove unnecessary barriers to trade for instance by harmonising regulations and removing high tariffs Economic studies have estimated that TTIP would add 10 billion to the British economy every year which is almost 400 per household providing more jobs increased choice for consumers and reduced prices After receiving the petition from the campaigners Alok wrote to 1 228 households listed on the petition to reassure them that TTIP would not open NHS healthcare services to further competition and private sector provision Alok noted in his letter that EU law actually provides special protections for national governments to run health services and other public services however they wish and any EU wide trade agreement would have to comply with these protections A number of residents subsequently responded to Alok s letter to express dismay that they did not know that the campaign had been supported by Unite the Union or that they had never signed the petition in the first place Alok Sharma said I do find it incredibly disappointing that the campaigners behind this petition have resorted to this sort of politically motivated scaremongering and the petition makes no reference to the fact that this is a trade union backed campaign Unite needs to come clean and tell us exactly

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/content/sharma-raise-concerns-about-%E2%80%9C-people%E2%80%98s-nhs%E2%80%9D-campaign-group-parliament (2016-02-15)
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  • Sharma backs Pegasus Court campaign for a pedestrian crossing | 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 Sharma backs Pegasus Court campaign for a pedestrian crossing Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West is backing a campaign for a pedestrian crossing on Park Lane so that elderly residents living at Pegasus Court can safely cross from the bus stop on the other side of the road Alok got involved in the campaign after Reading Borough Council refused repeated requests made by residents via their Tilehurst Councillor Sandra Vickers for a pedestrian island or crossing of any sort Many of the residents have expressed concern about the lack of a pedestrian crossing as it takes them a long time to cross the road In a response to Councillor Vickers a member of the Transport team at Reading Borough Council claimed that there is not a sufficient case to progress such a crossing as there is no history of injury accidents near Pegasus Court Alok Sharma said It is very disappointing that Reading Borough Council will not install a pedestrian crossing near Pegasus Court There is a clear need for this but it appears that the Council will not act until one of the elderly residents has been knocked down by a vehicle I will be pressing the Council to reverse this bizarre decision and call on the Council to demonstrate a bit of decency towards the residents of Pegasus Court which has sadly been lacking up until this point Councillor Sandra Vickers said Reading Borough Council gave planning permission for this complex for people over 55 about 25 years ago and this will continue to be a

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/content/sharma-backs-pegasus-court-campaign-pedestrian-crossing (2016-02-15)
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  • Sharma at launch of petition for pre-school at Coley Park Community Centre | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    in Coley and call upon Reading Borough Council to allow the Coley Park Community Centre to be used as a site for an additional pre school facility We further believe that the Coley Park Community Centre is the ideal pre school location for local families Alok became involved in the campaign when he was approached by the Treelings pre school project management team Concerned about a significant shortage of pre school places in Coley Park the Treelings management team has been working on setting up an additional pre school facility in the area since December 2013 Following support for and close involvement with the project since December 2013 RBC decided to withdraw its approval for the Treelings pre school to run in the CPCC less than a week before the Treelings pre school was due to be opened in September 2014 This U turn by RBC came as a shock to Treelings which had been engaged with the Council and CPCC and had undertaken a long and costly process following encouragement from the Council which recognised the severe shortage of nursery places in the area for Treelings to open a pre school at CPCC Mohamed Fahmy Treelings Project Manager said We have followed a rigorous due diligence process securing approvals from Ofsted RBC and CPCC and moving into subsequent steps in sequential manner We have invested substantial time effort and money and had already hired staff and taken children on the waiting list We have put our goodwill and reputation on the line for this project and we were not even given any valid reason for turning the project down after all parties were aware of the nature of the project and were approving of it Mohamed added For me the worst part is the disappointment of all the parents

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/content/sharma-launch-petition-pre-school-coley-park-community-centre (2016-02-15)
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  • News | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Road Securing future for Circuit Lane Surgery Securing infrastructure fit for the 21st Century Sewage problems in Theale Supporting Heathrow Airport Tackling overcrowding on trains Tackling potholes in Reading 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 News Black History Month celebrations come to Parliament Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Thursday 30th October 2014 hosted a Black History Month c 5th November 2014 Alok speaks up for Garston Park residents in Parliament Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Thursday 30th October 2014 took part in a Parliamentary d 4th November 2014 Indian Deputy High Commissioner to the UK visits Reading Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Saturday 1st November 2014 hosted a meeting for local bus 4th November 2014 Sharma secures Parliamentary debate on Dangerous Driving Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has secured a Parliamentary debate on sentencing for dangerou 31st October 2014 Sharma welcomes Government funding for low carbon heating in Coley Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed a new Government investment in low carbon heatin 29th October 2014 Sharma speaks at Reading Fibromyalgia Support Group anniversary Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Thursday 23rd October 2014 attended the first anniversary 28th October 2014 previous 25 of 134 next Sign up for my

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/content/news?page=24 (2016-02-15)
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  • Sharma to raise concerns about “The People‘s NHS” campaign group in Parliament
    of America to remove unnecessary barriers to trade for instance by harmonising regulations and removing high tariffs Economic studies have estimated that TTIP would add 10 billion to the British economy every year which is almost 400 per household providing more jobs increased choice for consumers and reduced prices After receiving the petition from the campaigners Alok wrote to 1 228 households listed on the petition to reassure them that TTIP would not open NHS healthcare services to further competition and private sector provision Alok noted in his letter that EU law actually provides special protections for national governments to run health services and other public services however they wish and any EU wide trade agreement would have to comply with these protections A number of residents subsequently responded to Alok s letter to express dismay that they did not know that the campaign had been supported by Unite the Union or that they had never signed the petition in the first place Alok Sharma said I do find it incredibly disappointing that the campaigners behind this petition have resorted to this sort of politically motivated scaremongering and the petition makes no reference to the fact that this is a trade union backed campaign Unite needs to come clean and tell us exactly what level of support it is providing for this campaign Alok continued From what local residents have told me it does appear that some feel duped into signing a petition under false pretences and I was outraged to learn from one constituent that those who came to their door claimed to be representing me This is an incredibly dishonest way of campaigning and I intend to raise this issue in Parliament to see what concrete action can be taken In the meantime I would ask all of

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/764 (2016-02-15)
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  • Sharma backs Pegasus Court campaign for a pedestrian crossing
    crossing as it takes them a long time to cross the road In a response to Councillor Vickers a member of the Transport team at Reading Borough Council claimed that there is not a sufficient case to progress such a crossing as there is no history of injury accidents near Pegasus Court Alok Sharma said It is very disappointing that Reading Borough Council will not install a pedestrian crossing near Pegasus Court There is a clear need for this but it appears that the Council will not act until one of the elderly residents has been knocked down by a vehicle I will be pressing the Council to reverse this bizarre decision and call on the Council to demonstrate a bit of decency towards the residents of Pegasus Court which has sadly been lacking up until this point Councillor Sandra Vickers said Reading Borough Council gave planning permission for this complex for people over 55 about 25 years ago and this will continue to be a problem that we have to resolve There are 85 flats with 100 residents and 23 of them are in their 90s The residents pay their taxes and I believe this is now a health

    Original URL path: http://www.aloksharma.co.uk/print/776 (2016-02-15)
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