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  • News | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    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 Sharma praises local organisation for work to help children in care Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Friday 6th February 2015 visited Calcot Services for Chil 6th February 2015 Sharma keeps on the pressure for Dee Road pedestrian crossing Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Wednesday 28th January 2015 organised a meeting for the h 2nd February 2015 Sharma hosts Zimbabwe human rights discussion in Parliament Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Monday 19 January 2015 held an event in Parliament for me 21st January 2015 New pensioner bond will reward savers in Reading West Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed the launch of a new National Savings and Investm 21st January 2015 Unemployment in Reading West hits record low Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West has welcomed new figures that show that unemployment is now a 21st January 2015 Sharma helps raise cancer awareness in Tilehurst Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West joined Cancer Research UK Ambassadors Aileen Davis and Linda 20th January 2015 previous 18 of 134 next Sign up

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  • Sharma welcomes Big Lottery Fund grants for Reading West good causes
    funding for World War Two veterans About 11 pence of every pound spent on a Lottery ticket goes to good causes and the Big Lottery Fund distributed around 670 million last year to projects across the UK Since September 2014 the Big Lottery Fund has given grants to Reading Repertory Theatre Springfield Primary School and Reading Mencap Reading Mencap which Alok visited last month as part of the Hear my voice campaign to give people with learning disabilities the chance to speak to political candidates has received a grant of 293 511 The money will help to fund the charity s work to provide help and support for people with a learning disability and their families in the Reading area Reading Repertory Theatre which has received 9 800 will use the funding to deliver workshops focusing on raising self esteem confidence and improving the social skills of women on bail from court on licence from prison or serving a community order This will provide women at risk of reoffending with experience of working in a team to plan and deliver a performance which can be used as transferrable skills for employment and integrating back into their local communities reducing the risk of reoffending Springfield Primary School located on Barton Road in Tilehurst has received 10 000 to create an outdoor play and learning area This will enable children to play constructively improve concentration and learn new skills Alok Sharma said It is always welcome to see those that give something back to the community being rewarded for their work and so this funding to three excellent projects in my Reading West constituency is extremely welcome The Big Lottery Fund is a fantastic initiative that has helped deliver a large number of innovative projects in Reading and I hope that this

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  • Sharma slams council attitude to schools as “utterly complacent”
    October 2014 Ofsted has found that only one school had improved since its last inspection and three schools had declined Two of these had declined so significantly that they now require special measures Concerns arising from the focused inspection include too many schools are inadequate and this number is growing there is too much variability in the quality of support that schools receive from local authority officers schools are not improving at a sufficiently rapid rate not enough schools are good or outstanding and too many pupils attend schools that do not provide at least a good standard of education the local authority is not able to demonstrate enough of an impact on improving the effectiveness of schools and academies Alok Sharma said I was astonished to read the utterly complacent response from Reading Borough Council to this highly critical report by Ofsted The schools inspector has made clear that urgent action is required and I am totally unconvinced that the Council has any specific plans to improve the support it is offering to schools Alok continued This is a wakeup call to the Council that they are failing local children and local parents and their response so far has been to shuffle the deck chairs in its senior management and to spin the story to make it sound like they are improving standards The Council needs to take urgent action to increase the support it is offering schools and implement a plan that is supported by parents and head teachers Alok concluded There appears to be a systemic problem at the heart of Reading Borough Council s Education Department with an inability to plan in time for enough school places and to oversee an improvement in schools standards and I am writing to request an urgent meeting with the

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  • Sharma welcomes extra funding for schools in Reading West
    work required and a timetable for delivering the work The Government has also announced funding allocations for improvements and maintenance of schools For the first time the allocations will cover three years from 2015 16 to 2017 18 giving those responsible for schools increased certainty on funding to improve value for money from projects Reading Borough Council is due to receive 3 091 338 in 2015 16 and West Berkshire Council will receive 3 014 724 In addition to this academy schools in Reading Borough which are run independently of the local authority will directly receive a combined total of 168 560 and academies in West Berkshire will receive 170 994 The Department for Education has stated that these figures are indicative of what it also expects to provide in 2016 17 and 2017 18 Alok Sharma said As part of our long term economic plan we have continued to invest in school buildings which will ensure we can deliver even more great new schools and transform the learning environment for tens of thousands of pupils and their teachers all while providing value for money for the taxpayer Alok continued This announcement is a major step towards ensuring all children

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  • Sharma disappointed by council refusal to sign up to government broadband scheme
    lobbying the Government for a number of years to introduce a scheme to help businesses get access to superfast broadband in Reading so it is incredibly disappointing that the council are now rejecting the help on offer and I really hope they will reconsider their position Small and medium sized businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and we should be doing everything we can to help them succeed The text of Alok s letter to Ian Wardle Managing Director of Reading Borough Council is below Dear Ian I understand from recent discussions with the Department for Culture Media and Sport DCMS that Reading Borough Council has refused the opportunity to receive a share of a new 40 million government fund to provide grants to help small and medium sized businesses get access to superfast broadband I have been lobbying the Government for a great deal of time to include Reading in programmes to boost access to superfast broadband and to do more to help businesses get connected In April 2013 I even arranged for Maria Miller the former Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport to visit Abbey Windows a small business located on Portman Road in my constituency so that she could hear first hand about the issues they were having with slow broadband speeds It is therefore incredibly disappointing that the council are now rejecting an excellent opportunity to take part in the Super Connected Cities programme which would provide exactly the kind of help that I have been calling for As part of the programme each SME can get up to 3 000 to put towards installation costs in the form of a grant This money can even be pooled with other businesses to get a better deal from suppliers meaning that the scheme

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  • Sharma re-opens revamped pharmacy on Oxford Road
    the newly revamped pharmacy on Oxford Road and have the opportunity to speak to the team at LloydsPharmacy about the help they provide to local people Alok continued Pharmacists are very qualified professionals who have a lot to offer patients in the way of advice for treatment The Government is undergoing work to encourage greater collaboration between pharmacies and GPs and I certainly think there is more that can be done in that respect to improve patient care relieve pressure on services and reduce wastage in the NHS by helping patients understand more about the medicine they are taking Shivani Dhorajiwala pharmacy manager and pharmacist said We re excited by our transformation we want our new store to become the destination of choice for customers looking for expert health advice Our knowledgeable six strong team will be on hand to provide customers with individual expertise on skin health helping those with skin conditions to effectively manage their condition with product selection support and application techniques Shivani continued We know many who suffer from long term health conditions don t always want to go to their doctor every time they have a question We re able to support the work of

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  • Sharma praises local organisation for work to help children in care | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    Alok Sharma the Member of Parliament for Reading West on Friday 6th February 2015 visited Calcot Services for Children CSfC to find out more about their new post 16 services and accommodation In 2012 Alok visited Calcot Cottage one of five care homes CSfC has been providing for children in Reading over a period of more than 20 years In 2014 the organisation launched a new post 16 supported living service to help young people who have been in care to make a transition into an independent adult lifestyle and reduce the number of young people not in education employment or training Alok was given a tour of one of CSfC s five new one bedroom properties across Reading and West Berkshire to see the kind of support being offered to young people Alongside accommodation young people are offered bespoke care packages which include access to AQA accredited learning assistance in budgeting and managing their own home and support in accessing suitable employment education and training Alok Sharma said I was very pleased to visit Calcot Services for Children again to find out more about the organisation s excellent work helping local disadvantaged young people I was really encouraged to hear that many of the young people CSfC have supported have gone into further education or work and are now living independently Alok continued A turbulent lifestyle at a young age can be incredibly disruptive to a child s education which is why the Government has introduced a 1 900 payment as part of the Pupil Premium to schools for every child who has ever been in care or has been adopted Sarah Walton Registered Manager for Calcot Services for Children s 16 Supported Living Service said It has been wonderful to welcome Alok back to Calcot Services for Children

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  • Sharma hosts Zimbabwe human rights discussion in Parliament | Alok Sharma MP - Member of Parliament for Reading West
    those attending the event to write to their own Member of Parliament asking them to support a debate The event also included contributions from Nicodimus Muganhu the Chairperson of ROHRZ Reading Branch and Ephraim Tapa the President of ROHRZ former Minister for Africa Mark Simmonds MP and Fiona Mactaggart MP Ephraim Tapa gave an emotional speech in which he explained that had come to the UK in 2002 as a refugee and victim of torture and pledged to never give up the fight against Robert Mugabe Speaking as a former Foreign Office Minister with responsibility for Africa the Right Honourable Mark Simmonds MP highlighted the aims of British foreign policy of improving trade relations with African states to encourage democratic reform Mr Simmonds said the UK government had a very strong commitment to the people of Zimbabwe demonstrated by the Department for International Development s large aid programme in Zimbabwe and that it had a policy of incremental engagement with the Zimbabwe government but acknowledged the 2013 elections had not been free and fair He said a parliamentary debate would be a good vehicle for bringing public attention to Zimbabwe There was a question and answer session that allowed the meeting participants to question the Parliamentarians and give their own views on how the UK Government should interact with the Zimbabwean regime There were questions on the role of the UK in providing aid to the Zimbabwean people and government policy on immigration applications Alok Sharma said I was very pleased to host this discussion at the request of my Zimbabwean friends in Reading The 2013 election in Zimbabwe is widely acknowledged to have been rigged and the UK Government has expressed serious concerns about voting irregularities The issue of human rights in Zimbabwe has not been debated in the

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