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Recent updates from the East Suffolk Liberal Democrats

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  • LIBDEMS.ORG (libdems.org)
    Article: Jun 7, 2019

    AN INVITATION TO JOIN US TODAY:

    17,000 have joined the Liberal Democrats since the beginning of may.

    the party has received the backing of THOUSANDS OF NEW voters in local and European elections and THE PARTY is riding high.

    The Party (of REMAIN) will soon be electing a new Leader.

    If you haven't already joined the Liberal Democrats then you have 1 day left until 11.59 TONIGHT (Friday) to ensure that you can exercise your vote in the Party's Leadership elections...

  • OECD AND ATD Fourth World (OECD AND ATD Fourth World)
    Article: Jun 4, 2019

    In 2016-2019, ATD Fourth World, in partnership with Oxford University, conducted a participatory international research project called "The Hidden Dimensions of Poverty". The project took place in six countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, France, Tanzania, the United Kingdom and the United States. People living in poverty, professionals and academics worked together to clarify how we understand poverty and its multi-dimensional aspects.

  • Schools Image ALDC (Image ALDC)
    Article: May 30, 2019

    SCHOOLS STAYING WITH THEIR COUNCIL MORE LIKELY

    TO REMAIN GOOD/OUTSTANDING says LGA

    Schools which remain with their council are more likely to keep a good or outstanding Ofsted rating than those which become an academy, a new report by the Local Government Association reveals.

    The report, published by Angel Solutions and commissioned by the LGA, looks at how primary and secondary schools' Ofsted grades have fared over the past five years, comparing those which remained council-maintained to those that academised. It also found that schools that were rated as requires improvement or inadequate were more likely to become good or outstanding if they remained council-maintained and did not convert to an academy

    By looking at an overall sample of 12,814 schools which remained maintained, and 4,033 schools which academised, compared from February 2014 to February 2019, the report found:

    • 90 per cent (9,400) of schools remaining council-maintained have kept their good or outstanding rating, compared to 81 per cent (2,275) of schools which converted to academies

    • 88 per cent (2,048) of schools requiring improvement or judged inadequate in February 2014 which remained maintained became good/outstanding in 2019, compared with 59 per cent (723) of schools which converted to academies

    • 41 per cent (502) of schools requiring improvement or judged inadequate in February 2014 which converted to academies still had the same rating in February 2019.

    As part of its #CouncilsCan campaign, the LGA is calling for councils to be allowed to intervene and improve all types of school found to be inadequate - regardless of whether it is a maintained school or academy. Under current rules, councils are stopped from helping, even in cases where a failing school cannot find an academy sponsor.

    Maintained schools with inadequate Ofsted judgements, which are considered to be failing, now have to become sponsor-led academies. These are schools taken over by an academy chain, or multi-academy trust (MAT) identified by the Department for Education.

    LGA Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Cllr Howard Sykes said:

    "We all aspire to seeing children get an education of the highest quality, whether that is in an academy or a council-maintained school. These findings clearly show that staying under council control delivers better results for a school than those which convert to an academy. "Not only do more schools keep a good or outstanding rating if they remain maintained, but a significantly greater proportion are being turned around from struggling or failing into highly performing and successful schools.

    "While academisation might be the answer in some cases, it is not always the best solution. "Councils have an excellent track record in improving schools, and need to be given the necessary powers to intervene and support schools."

    Source: LGA Lib Dems - May 29, 2019

    View the full report.

    END

  • ALDC ARTWORK (ALDC)
    Article: May 29, 2019

    Many thanks to all those who voted for the Liberal Democrats in the local elections and in the European Parliament Elections in East Suffolk

    IF YOU VOTED LIB DEM AND SUBSCRIBE TO OUR OPEN, TOLERANT, LIBERAL VALUES AND ARE NOT YET A MEMBER OR A REGISTERED SUPPORTER WHY NOT JOIN US?

    East Suffolk District Elections

  • Amnesty Knife Bin Suffolk Constabulary (Suffolk Constabulary)
    Article: May 29, 2019

    SIX IN TEN RETAILERS SELLING KNIVES TO CHILDREN IN SOME AREAS.

    With the UK registering 100 knife crime fatalities this year, knife crime in Suffolk revealed offences involving blades have gone up 25% in five years. Data published by the Home Office showed the number of offences involving sharp instruments went up from 159 between September 2012 and September 2013, to 198 in the 12 months to September 2018.

You are invited...

Want to discuss a political topic? Interested in the Liberal Democrats? Or would you just like to have a pleasant get-together with a drink and a chat (politics optional)? Please come along to an informal meet-up with members of our local groups & branches. All welcome - the more, the merrier. The Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint is held on the third Wednesday of the month, at The Old Mariner in Woodbridge.

Southwold & Reydon meet for a Lib Dem Pint at the Southwold Sailing Club

If you need help with Suffolk Services, or if you are concerned about local issues, do come along and talk to Caroline Page, Liberal Democrat County Councillor for Woodbridge, who holds a regular monthly surgery on the third Saturday of the month, at Woodbridge Library. (Please note that Caroline does not hold a surgery in August.) You can also contact Caroline by email on caroline.page@suffolk.gov.uk or by telephone on 07545 423837.


Caroline Page

Woodbridge County Councillor Surgery with Caroline Page (Lib Dem)

Woodbridge Library, New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DT

Saturday 20th July from 9am - 11am

Woodbridge & District

Woodbridge & District Lib Dem Pint

The Old Mariner, 26 New Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1DX

Wednesday 17th July 7 p.m. onwards

Felixstowe Lib Dem Pint

Branch Summer Events ( Contact the Branch for further details)

Saturday 6th July 2019 - Strawberry Tea

Sunday 15th September 2019 - BBQ

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The Party has just finished campaigning for the local District and European Parliament elections which have been especially successful. We are largely dependent upon our members and supporters for the funds to fight these elections. The more funds that we have available, the more effective we can be.

You can find the donation link here.

Thank you

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