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Young Labour December Meet Up

08/01/2018

It was decided amongst the young members that having a meeting the day after the social was a bad idea and Reading Young Labour voted against this happening in the future. Young Labour discussed having an event with young members where speakers could attend and understand more about how the party works and how to…

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Matt welcomes initiative on Reading Festival cup recycling

06/01/2018

READING EAST MP Matt Rodda welcomed a new recycling initiative which would see cups from this year’s Reading Festival recycled to make new products such as garden furniture, playmats and industrial-related products. Read full article here…

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Matt comments on the Government U-turn to finally crack down on rogue landlords

05/01/2018

EIGHT months after the Labour Party called for tougher minimum standards in the private rented housing sector in its election policy document, Reading East MP Matt Rodda noted with interest that the Government is now considering parts of that policy. Prior to last year’s General Election, the Labour Party proposed that Councils would be empowered…

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Reading East MP condemns Government underfunding as hospital staffing levels struggle in Winter Crisis

03/01/2018

Following the appeal via social media by the Royal Berkshire Hospital for medical and nursing staff to turn up for extra shifts to help cope with the increased demand, Reading East MP Matt Rodda expressed his concerns over the growing strain on local healthcare provision. Read the full article here…

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Matt Rodda Campaigns Against Rail Fare Increases

02/01/2018

Commuters from Reading faced further New Year misery in addition to the biting cold weather with the introduction of yet further price hikes to the cost of rail travel. Reading East MP Matt Rodda attended a campaigning event at Reading Station on 2 January 2018. Read full article here…

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Matt supports CCA’s appeal for Christmas donations

08/12/2017

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

07/12/2017

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

07/12/2017

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: Why I think Universal Credit should be paused and fixed

06/12/2017

Today is the 6 of December; a day which many people in my constituency will have been dreading as it is the day on which the Universal Credit benefit payment is rolled out here in Reading and Woodley.  Along with my team, I have campaigned hard both in the constituency and also in Parliament on…

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

05/12/2017

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

04/12/2017

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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Tuition Fees – The REAL impact

03/12/2017

Graduates face an additional charge on their income of up to 9% on their income due to tuition fee repayments.  

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Universal Credit is coming to Reading and Woodley on 6th Dec 2017

01/12/2017

The new 6 in 1 benefit will affect over 10,000 people in Reading and Woodley. There’s up to SIX WEEKS to wait for the first payment to come through….    

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Matt Rodda MP speaks out in Parliament on the impact of Tuition Fee Repayments on young graduates

29/11/2017

MATT RODDA, MP for Reading East, spoke out in Westminster Hall in a debate concerning tuition fees chaired by Sir David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East. He said: “I will address fee repayments in my constituency.  Reading is a university town, as many honourable Members may know, with a particularly high number of graduates. The…

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Matt welcomes the removal of threat of closure from Chiltern Edge School

29/11/2017

Matt Rodda MP and Councillor Tony Jones welcome the news that Oxfordshire County Council has removed the threat of closure from Chiltern Edge School For more information see Council_removes_threat_of_closure_from_Chiltern_Edge_School/

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Matt meets with Microsoft on technology and training

27/11/2017

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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Budget 2017: 4 views from Reading Labour

26/11/2017

Hammond’s Crumbs from the Table by Councillor Ash Pearce   The Budget – A lost opportunity to Improve Lives by Councillor Sarah Hacker   A Let Down Budget – Not Even Meeting Low Expectations by Councillor Rachel Eden   The Budget Verdict: Thanks for the ‘Millennial Railcard’ but Owning Our Own Home One Day Would…

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Hammond’s crumbs from the table

26/11/2017

The crumbs from the budget table. That’s what I thought when listening to the budget delivered by the robotic spreadsheet known as Philip Hammond. First all of the Macro (big stuff). Erm, well it’s bad. Economic growth (what the country produces) forecasts were out. Well out. In fact they will be a quarter worse than…

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The Budget – A Lost Opportunity to Improve Lives

26/11/2017

I’ve just seen the budget.  I’m not sure what I was expecting – certainly not an end to austerity, despite it being clear it’s failed.  I was hoping to see the government had listened and understood that living standards are being squeezed and people are struggling. I was wrong. Forecasts for growth have been down…

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A Let Down Budget

26/11/2017

A let down budget – not even meeting low expectations It shouldn’t have been hard for today’s budget to exceed expectations – given the mess this government is in they were incredibly low, and given Philip Hammond’s reputation he should have been able to promise some support. I was following the announcements hoping for relief for…

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