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Local Services Hit By Tory Cuts

26/02/2018

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

26/02/2018

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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Reading Young Labour Endorsements for Youth Elections

24/02/2018

Reading Young Labour, having reviewed the candidates statements and met with a number of those standing, have decided to endorse the following candidates:   National Executive Committee Representative Lara McNeill   National Chair of Young Labour Miriam Mirwitch   International Officer Mohammed Ahmed   Under 19’s Officer Etan Waller   South East Regional Representative Alana…

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Primary School Budget Cuts

18/02/2018

The education system has changed dramatically within the last 20 years. Teachers and schools are now held wholly responsible for children’s progress. With an expectation that schools should be teaching children a broad and balanced curriculum alongside giving them experiences outside of the everyday. As a primary school teacher working in an Outstanding Academy school…

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MATT MEETS BRAVE CONSTITUENT PENALISED BY GOVERNMENT ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

16/02/2018

A chronic and debilitating condition which, to the untrained eye, renders the sufferer as looking ‘normal’ has been the subject of a real battle between one of Matt Rodda’s constituents and the Government benefits agencies. Sadly, however, cases like this are not uncommon. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis sufferer Charis contacted Matt’s office following a benefits assessment which…

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Opinion: Violent crime is rising, the police are under pressure – It is time for the Government to end police cuts

15/02/2018

The first duty of any Government is to protect the public, whether that is protection from crime, illness or other threats. I am concerned about the rising level of violent crime and the effects of the Government’s deepening cuts to the police, which have left hard working officers with fewer resources to respond.   Read…

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MATT MEETS WITH TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING LEADERS AND EDUCATORS AT UTC READING

14/02/2018

Innovative ways of introducing schoolchildren into the world of technology and engineering from a young age were amongst the topics recently discussed at an educational seminar held at UTC Reading. The event, which was attended by a variety of industry experts, ambassadors and educators sought the input from members of the Institute of Engineering and…

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Matt Rodda in talks with UCU ahead of strike action over pensions at Reading University

13/02/2018

Reading East MP Matt Rodda spoke alongside the General Secretary of the University and College Union (UCU) Sally Hunt regarding an upcoming nationwide strike by academic staff. This strike action has been called to protect the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Under that scheme, 190,000 university staff in predominantly pre-1992 institutions will stand to lose around £10,000…

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Redlands Primary School visited by Matt Rodda MP

12/02/2018

Reading East MP, Matt Rodda, visited Redlands Primary School recently to meet the headteacher, staff and children. Matt spoke with children who asked him questions about his work in Parliament and what it means to be an MP. He also spoke about the political process in general, and the celebration of democracy as part of…

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Matt supports bill to ensure safety for users of taxi and private hire vehicles

11/02/2018

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda in his role as Shadow Minister for Local Transport addressed the House from the despatch box in a debate on the Second Reading of the “Licensing of Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Safeguarding and Road Safety) Bill”. The Bill, brought by fellow Labour MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner, which has…

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Matt Rodda calls for more support in Schools for children with Autism

09/02/2018

A report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) and the National Autistic Society (NAS) has found that children and young people with autism are being let down and left behind when it comes to achieving their educational potential. The report also highlights the lack of progress in helping to locate, secure and…

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Reading’s Homeless Charity ‘Launchpad’ invites Matt Rodda to inspect new family accommodation

08/02/2018

Launchpad, Reading’s charity supporting the homeless invited Reading East MP Matt Rodda to take a look around their newly-completed family accommodation in Reading. The housing, comprising two tastefully-appointed two-bedroomed self-contained flats in a former Victorian terraced home in Reading will provide much needed accommodation for two homeless families; and those currently residing in bed and…

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Matt meets with Reading MENCAP

08/02/2018

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East visited Reading Mencap to discuss the demands on their services, and the impact of Government cuts in disability-related welfare support payments on their service users. Over 200 individuals are registered at Reading Mencap, and they enjoy a wide variety of activities and clubs which include children’s clubs and crafts…

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Matt Rodda welcomes Emily Thornberry to Reading

05/02/2018

READING EAST MP and Shadow Minister for Local Transport Matt Rodda welcomed Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry to his Reading constituency recently. The Shadow Foreign Secretary’s visit to the newly-turned Labour seat began with interviews with local media, followed by a much-needed tea break inside a local café in Emmer Green, providing shelter…

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Matt Rodda speaks in lively Westminster debate on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Process

04/02/2018

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda was invited by the Shadow Minister for Labour and MP for North and West Durham, Laura Pidock to speak at a Westminster Hall debate recently. The debate was to speak on claimants’ experiences of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process and at times became quite a heated exchange as members…

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Matt Rodda comments on child poverty in Reading East

01/02/2018

New data from campaigning group ‘End Child Poverty’ shows that 21% of the children living in Matt Rodda’s Reading East constituency are living in poverty. This is a rise from the previous figure of 19.6% as reported in December 2015. The ‘End Child Poverty’ coalition have released new statistics showing the extent of child poverty…

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Matt meets Fire Chief at Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue

31/01/2018

The Chief Fire Officer of Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue, Trevor Ferguson, welcomed Reading East MP Matt Rodda to tour the county’s state of the art operational control centre based in Reading, in addition to holding talks on the changes and challenges which the fire service deals with on an everyday basis. Matt was interested…

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Matt has talks on Universal Credit at Reading Jobcentre

31/01/2018

Labour MP for Reading East Matt Rodda held talks with staff and managers at Reading JobCentre Plus about the roll out of Universal Credit at their premises on Friar Street. The Government started rolling out the new combined 6-payments-in-1 benefit, Universal Credit, in Reading and Woodley from 6 December 2017. Read full article here

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Caversham Nursery visit by Matt Rodda

30/01/2018

MP for Reading East Matt Rodda was invited to visit Caversham Nursery to discuss the challenges arising from the continued Government cuts that are affecting the Nursery and Early Years Foundation Education in the constituency. Matt held detailed discussions with Lisa Bedlow, the Executive Headteacher of both Caversham Nursery and New Bridge Nursery School in…

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Matt visits Reading University to discuss politics with students

30/01/2018

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, visited the University of Reading to discuss the last General Election which resulted in his election, as well as talking about breaking the barriers between the study of politics and its everyday practice. The audience, comprising a selection of third-year undergraduates and Masters postgraduates was facilitated by Dr Mark…

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