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Cuts have consequences

Let’s talk about cuts (Baby) You probably know by now that the cuts to local government funding have not fallen equally across the country. Because the central government grant has been cut but council tax has been rising, wealthy areas of the country, where council tax receipts are higher and demand for statutory services is…

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Kentwood Election Special

The 2 Labour candidates are Councillor and Deputy Mayor Glenn Dennis, who is coming to the end of his 4-year term, and Ali Foster who is a Small Business Owner, and has lived in Reading for over 17 Years. She has 23 years of experience working in the NHS as a Mental Health Nurse, Improvement…

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A Manifesto for Reading

Welcome to our 2018 Manifesto Reading’s Labour Council continues to do its best to keep vital services available to those who need them most despite the ongoing onslaught on public services by the Conservative Government. We also remain ambitious for Reading and have been successful in securing special funding for projects such as the new…

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Reading West Selection: Meet the Candidates

The selection committee have shortlisted 3 candidates to stand in the selection process to be the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Reading West. The 3 candidates are as follows: Rachel Eden Rebecca Geach Sarah Hacker Today an event was held to give Reading West Labour Members the chance to meet with the three candidates and ask…

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Tory Health Care Crisis

The government’s Strategic Transformation Plan for the NHS in our area will cut £500 million of funding from NHS services. This winter’s NHS crisis has again exposed the extent to which vital health services are being starved of funds by the Tory government. In December, Royal Berks Hospital’s A&E waiting times hit their worst ever…

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Reading Schools Improving Despite National Cuts

Reading Labour is continuing its work with all our schools to en-sure they are delivering for the town’s children. In 2017 the town’s secondary schools matched or bettered their GCSE results from the previous year, while primary schools shot up 80 places in the national league tables with improved Key Stage 2 results. Work to…

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Local Services Hit By Tory Cuts

The savage Tory cuts to local council grants has hit Labour-run Reading harder than our neighbouring Tory councils. Reading has lost more than twice as much money per person than Wokingham. The Tory government are continuing their unjustified and savage cuts to local authority budgets. Funding has been slashed in Reading by £237 per resident,…

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Reading Labour Tackling Tory Housing Failures

The Tory government has broken Britain’s housing market. Average house prices in Reading are over £300,000 and average monthly rent is upwards of £1,000. The Tories have also severely restricted the ability of local councils to build new homes. This has led to an unsustainable situation, resulting in homelessness rates rising nationally and a generation being…

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Matt supports CCA’s appeal for Christmas donations

Today Matt had an excellent introductory meeting with Gill, Martin and Myra at Christian Community Action (CCA).  They provide an invaluable service to those most vulnerable in our society through a comprehensive programme of practical help and support. Please watch this appeal video, and consider supporting them this Christmas.  For more information on how to…

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Matt Rodda MP denounces New Year rail fares hike

MATT RODDA, Reading East’s MP gave comment on the impending rail fare price hike which is due to hit commuters hard in the pocket in the New Year. Matt added his comments to those echoed in a recent article by the Shadow Secretary which appeared in the Guardian newspaper. He said: “Constituents who commute from…

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Matt Rodda condemns Trump actions on Israel

MATT RODDA, Reading East’s MP condemned the recent move by US President Donald Trump to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. President Trump has cited the statement as being ‘long overdue’ and necessary to seek to achieve peace, adding that Israel was a ‘sovereign nation’ and had ‘every right to to determine…

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Matt Rodda supports St. Mungo’s and pledges to help end rough sleeping

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda pledged help end rough sleeping at a St Mungo’s event in Parliament hosted by Mary Robinson MP. More than 80 guests, including St Mungo’s clients, parliamentarians and charity representatives, met in the House of Commons to discuss the government’s commitment to end rough sleeping, with Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP…

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Reading’s foodbank ‘Readifood’ braced for demand due to Universal Credit

Reading’s foodbank service ‘Readifood’ announced it was braced for the extra demand in service ahead of the impending full-service roll-out of Universal Credit. The benefit, which combines six previous support payments into one single payment has been widely criticised on both sides of Commons benches and here in Matt Rodda’s Reading East constituency, with his…

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Matt meets with Microsoft on technology and training

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda attended a meeting recently at Microsoft UK in their Thames Valley Park headquarters to discuss technology and training along with Reading Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Strategic Planning and Transport Councillor Tony Page. He was given a demonstration of Microsoft’s new flagship consumer device, the Microsoft Mixed…

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