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Kelly-Marie Blundell welcomes £15 million roof repair scheme for places of worship

Kelly-Marie Blundell has urged places of worship, including churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras and synagogues serving Guildford to apply for a new £15million fund available for the repair of roofs and guttering.

The Coalition announced the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund in the Autumn Statement and grants between £10,000 and £100,000 will be available to listed places of worship of all faiths and denominations across the UK, where roof repairs are deemed to be urgent and necessary.

Kelly-Marie Blundell said: “Places of worship play a huge part in many people’s lives in Guildford and this fund will help ensure some of our most significant buildings remain open as safe and sustainable places in our communities.

“I hope that some of them will be able to take advantage of the extra money available.”

Lib Dems call for Introduction of speed cameras on the A3

Accidents are happening in the Guildford urban section of the A3 far too often and each time the delays mean that traffic in the adjoining parts of Guildford comes to a standstill.

Guildford Liberal Democrats are calling for an introduction of speed cameras to help stop this. 

There is a 50mph speed limit on that part of the road which is frequently ignored. There are also a number of junctions, some of them with no slip roads, which make the A3 road even more dangerous.

There are plans to do work on the road, but those plans aren’t due to happen for some years.

Road users and people who live in Guildford cannot wait that long. 

It is important that safety work is carried out without delay, and this must include speed cameras to uphold the speed restrictions.

So we are calling on the Highways Agency to install speed cameras and  safety signs in the Guildford urban section of the A3 as a matter of urgency.

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“£250m deal will help safeguard our post offices” – Kelly-Marie Blundell

A crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Guildford thanks to a major Government contract.

The deal, unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb, offers support to disabled people and the elderly while also helping to protect the future of the post office network.

It guarantees until 2022 the future of the Post Office Card Account system which ensures people without a bank account can receive benefits and tax credits.

Kelly-Marie Blundell said:

“This is fantastic news for the local post offices in Guildford. Liberal Democrats know how vital local post offices are for elderly and vulnerable people who can’t access their benefits, pension or tax credits any other way.

“I have fought to keep local post offices at the heart of this community and I am delighted this deal means their future is now more secure.”

Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

“I am very pleased we have secured this new contract, which provides good value to the taxpayer, ensures the continuation of a valuable service for pensioners and benefit claimants, and helps safeguard the future of the Post Office network.

“Although most people have a bank account, there are certain groups for whom this is not viable and, for them, the Post Office Card Account provides an important lifeline.”

Liberal Democrat Minister for Postal Affairs Jo Swinson said:

“This announcement builds on the strength of a Post Office network that is reaping the benefits of modernisation. The Government has committed £2bn to protect and modernise the network, to ensure that the millions of customers using the Post Office every week continue to be able to access key services.

“With nearly 12 000 branches, the Post Office network has an unparalleled reach up and down the country. Today’s good news also recognises the important social and economic role that subpostmasters play in local communities across the UK, bringing important revenue and footfall to Post Offices and helping to protect their long term future.”

Disadvantaged pupils in Surrey narrow achievement gap

teacher and three preschoolers playing with wooden blocksMore disadvantaged pupils in Surrey’s primary schools are moving on to secondary school able to read, write and add up, official data shows.

Almost two-thirds of pupils (63%) on free school meals gained a Level 4 in reading, writing and maths this year – up five percentage points on 2013.

Click here to see the figures.

This compares with 85% for non-disadvantaged pupils, reducing the attainment gap to 22 percentage points.

The data is based on Key Stage 2 tests taken by 10,845 11-year-olds in Surrey primary schools.

The overall results are also up, with 82% of all pupils in Surrey’s schools achieving Level 4 in the “three Rs” – up from 78% last year.

Guildford’s Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigner Kelly-Marie Blundell said:

“It’s great to see the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers continue to narrow in Surrey as well as nationally and parents, teachers and pupils should be congratulated for their hard work.

“I’m certain that part of this is thanks to the extra money schools are getting to help children from poorer backgrounds thanks to the Lib Dem pupil premium which will be giving Surrey schools an extra £26.8 million next year – £1,300 for every primary school pupil from a poor background.

“But it’s also clear that there is more to do and there are still too many schools with simply unacceptable levels of attainment for disadvantaged pupils and I’m determined that we shouldn’t rest until the achievement gap has been completely abolished.”

Eight schools in Surrey reached the remarkable achievement of 100% of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds getting a Level 4 or higher in 2014 – one of which was Guildford’s Queen Eleanor’s CofE Junior School.

22,870 young people in Surrey help hit 2m apprenticeship goal – Kelly-Marie Blundell

 

Kelly-Marie Blundell meeting a butchery apprentice in Guildford

Kelly-Marie Blundell meeting a butchery apprentice in Guildford

22,870 young people in Surrey help hit 2m apprenticeship goal – Kelly-Marie Blundell

Two million apprenticeships have been created in the UK since 2010 with 22,870  people in Surrey getting a vital start in life.

Kelly-Marie Blundell said apprenticeships offered by local companies performed a crucial role in the local economy.

She commented: “Apprenticeships are a vital part of building a stronger economy and a fairer society. By ensuring young people are able to earn and learn, we give them the opportunity to get on it life.

“That is why I am delighted young people in Guildford, and across Surrey, have benefitted from fantastic training and employment opportunities that apprenticeships offer.

“I’ve seen for myself in businesses across Guildford the benefit apprenticeships can give to young people and I’m delighted that over two million young people across England have been able to take advantage.”

Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills Vince Cable MP said:

“Reaching the two millionth apprenticeship is testament to Liberal Democrat’s commitment to apprenticeships. Apprenticeships give young people the chance to start a career and give businesses the talent to grow.

“This isn’t just about numbers. From space engineering, to TV production, to legal services, apprenticeships are the ticket to a great job and a route employers trust to access the skills they need.

“That is why the Liberal Democrats made them a priority when we entered office and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver on our promise to have two million apprentices start in this Parliament.”