School cuts – West Berkshire Council proposes charging schools who need help

Judith Bunting at Park House School, Newbury, during the recent election campaign. With Ian Millar, Head of Physics. This week West Berkshire Council announced plans for financial "task forces" to be sent into the district's struggling schools to help heads manage their budgets. They are also threatening to charge any school that requires 'the task … Continue reading School cuts – West Berkshire Council proposes charging schools who need help

Report on Housing Q&A – Judith Bunting and Lee Dillon

This report gives the gist of the discussion that took place in the recent Facebook Q&A on Housing. Thank you to everyone who took part! At the sharp end, we had Lee Dillon, Councillor for Thatcham North and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Council Group, and Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Candidate for Newbury constituency. Discussion kicked off … Continue reading Report on Housing Q&A – Judith Bunting and Lee Dillon

“The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

Do you believe Brexit will increase your net costs? How do you intend to deal with any increases? Here is a selection of comments from the local business people who completed the Liberal Democrats' West Berkshire Business Brexit Survey. Businesses are not named, as many prefer to to keep their worries anonymous: Do you believe Brexit will … Continue reading “The changes for our organisation might put us out of business.”

What Other Councils Do …

  If anyone tries to tell you that it's unrealistic to fight the cuts being imposed by the conservatives on West Berkshire Council, here's a little ammunition: Eastleigh Borough Council has a £150m asset management plan which has enabled 13 years of real term cuts in council tax and NO CUTS TO FRONT LINE SERVICES. Eastleigh Borough … Continue reading What Other Councils Do …

Budget today – Success for West Berkshire charity campaign

Lobbying for the WBRRC, JB with (L-r): Lord Newby, Tim Farron MP and WBRRC's Andrew Sharp; JB accosting Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, last October. Fingers and toes were crossed earlier this week for news in the Budget for one of West Berks local charities.  I am glad to report success for West Berkshire … Continue reading Budget today – Success for West Berkshire charity campaign

Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

Because of an enquiry from a constituent, I have gone back, this morning, to coverage maps for the Superfast Berkshire project, which detail which areas will receive fibre optic services by the end of the project in 2016. They are truly extraordinary - and not in a good way. I showed them to our MP … Continue reading Rural Broadband: Am I missing something?

Schools Minister visits West Berks

Last week, Head Teachers from all West Berkshire schools were invited by Judith Bunting to meet David Laws, Minister of State for Schools when he came to visit John O'Gaunt School in Hungerford. "This is a fantastic opportunity for school Heads to share their ideas and discuss the burning questions of the day with our Minister … Continue reading Schools Minister visits West Berks

TeenTech makes science inspirational

Local celebrity and presenter of Tomorrow's World and BBC One's Bang Goes the Theory, Maggie Philbin, was in Berkshire last week promoting an event that travels the UK inspiring young people about careers in science, engineering and technology. Judith Bunting, Liberal Democrat parliamentary spokesperson for Newbury and West Berkshire, went along to find out how … Continue reading TeenTech makes science inspirational

‘Worst place in England to be a child from a poor family’

The chief schools inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said recently that West Berkshire is "the worst place in England to be a child from a poor family, in terms of education opportunity." In a speech in London last Thursday, Sir Michael said, "Disadvantaged children in this lovely, affluent part of south-east England last year had: the … Continue reading ‘Worst place in England to be a child from a poor family’

Education for a Fairer Future

This weekend Judith Bunting and the Liberal Democrat team were in Northbrook Street in Newbury to promote the Education for a Fairer Future campaign. This campaign comes against the backdrop falling GCSE results throughout West Berkshire and average achievement levels at GCSE, last year, which were below the national average. Newbury and West Berks educational attainment … Continue reading Education for a Fairer Future