Author: Robin Parker

Cllr Robin Parker on sacking of Ann Webb from Stevenage Council Executive

Letter from Robin Parker, Leader of Stevenage Liberal Democrats published in Mid Week Mercury Newspaper Dear Sir, I have occasionally wondered about the secret machinations within Stevenage Borough Council’s huge Labour group, so your article about the sudden sacking of ‘respected’ Labour councillor Ann Webb by her local party leader, as Housing portfolio holder, was interesting. Clearly Ann was not respected enough by her own leader – which is a shame, because (as a political opponent) I have always found Ann to be honest, knowledgeable and hard-working for the town, and I thank her for this. The excuse that...

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Vehicle Message Signs – Letter to the Comet

LETTER TO COMET Dear Sir Your correspondent Chris Pike is quite right to ask about the responsibility for, and criticise, the Vehicle Message Signs (VMS) which appeared at a dozen locations on roads in Stevenage in early 2013 (Comet Letters, 26 May). I can provide the facts. These signs were installed as part of a phased programme countywide by the Conservative dominated Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). The total cost of the Stevenage signs alone was £201,000 (or about £17,000 per sign) roughly half of which was funded by local council taxpayers and the rest by central government. In addition...

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Stevenage Liberal Democrats welcome £700,000 boost for County’s young children

Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers in Hertfordshire are set for a £700,000 cash injection to help around 2,500 three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families. Children from low income families have often fallen behind more well off classmates before they even start school.​ But from April 2015, the Early Years Pupil Premium – which has been backed by groups like Barnados, 4Children and the Child Poverty Action Group – ​will mean extra money for the 2,500 disadvantaged children to make sure every child gets a fair start. County and Borough Councillor Robin Parker, Leader of the Stevenage Liberal...

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Care leavers in the west of Hertfordshire get short changed

In a report to the Children Services Cabinet Panel today, the Conservative run County Council admitted that it is operating a post code lottery in its allocation of apprenticeships. Of the 23 care leavers who have been offered apprenticeships by the County Council, none are based in the west of the county. “This is typical of a County Council based 30 miles away from the largest centre of population in the county” commented County Councillor Mark Watkin.” “They have little appreciation of the needs of young people living in Watford or Dacorum and these statistics just demonstrate it. Its frankly not good...

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INCOME TAX CUTS BENEFIT STEVENAGE TAXPAYERS

On 6.4.2012, the income tax personal allowance was raised for the second year in a row, this time by £630, from £7,475 to £8,105, meaning that thousands of people in Stevenage will get £130 income tax cut. Also, the number of people in Stevenage who have been lifted out of paying any income tax since the Coalition government came to power has reached 1,250. The recent budget announced that from April 2013, the personal allowance will rise by £1,100, which is the biggest cash increase ever, to £9,205, meaning that 38,300 people in Stevenage will receive an additional income...

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