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  • Public Legal Evaluation Panel

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    Oral Contribution: 24th July, 2018

    To ask the Attorney General, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the work of the Public Legal Evaluation Panel to date.

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    EDM Sponsored: 23rd July, 2018

    That this House expresses concern over reports that the Israeli Government is increasingly refusing to renew the residency permits and visas of foreign nationals who live and work in the Palestinian Territories; affirms the view that foreign nationals must be granted access to visit, travel and live in the Palestinian Territories unless there are legitimate security concerns...

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  • Early day motion 1544 - CHILDCARE VOUCHERS No. 2

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    EDM Supported: 23rd July, 2018

    That this House notes that the Government is closing Childcare Vouchers to new entrants from 4 October 2018 without having conducted a proper analysis of the winners and losers from removing the scheme and replacing it with Tax-Free Childcare, despite a recommendation to so do by the Treasury Select Committee...

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    EDM Supported: 16th July, 2018

    That this House welcomes the recent Justice Committee report on the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms; notes the Committee remains unconvinced that these reforms can ever deliver an effective or viable probation service; expresses concern that staff morale is at an all-time low...

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  • Ilkley Parking Report

    Ilkley Parking Report

    UPDATE | 20th, September, 2018

    Plans have now been produced by Bradford Council showing existing and proposed waiting restrictions in and around the town centre.

    There are detailed maps showing what is proposed street by street: Ilkley Parking Review Consultation.

    The deadline for submitting a response is October 13, 2018.

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  • Support for rail link plans

    Support for rail link plans

    From Keighley News, September 14th, 2018
    Written by Miran Rahman

    PROPOSALS which could one day provide Keighley with a direct rail to Manchester were on the agenda at a special meeting in Parliament. The meeting was jointly hosted by Keighley MP John Grogan, Andrew Stephenson, the MP for Pendle, and SELRAP (the Skipton-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership) to examine progress on this project. The gathering on September 11 was designed to give MPs from across the area a chance to be updated on a feasibility study, announced by the Department for Transport in February.

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  • Views sought on Ilkley parking changes

    Views sought on Ilkley parking changes

    From Telegraph & Argus, September 11th, 2018

    MEMBERS of the public are being asked to have their say on draft proposals to change parking restrictions in and around Ilkley town centre. Bradford Council is proposing to adopt the recommendations of a parking review conducted by consultants, Steer Davies & Gleave but wants to know local people’s views on them before the final decision is made.

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  • On the start line for new town parkrun

    On the start line for new town parkrun

    From Keighley News, September 10th, 2018
    Written by Alistair Shand

    The free, timed five-kilometre runs are staged at nearly 550 locations across the UK – and in 20 countries worldwide. And Cliffe Castle Park is the latest addition to the list of venues. A staggering 1.7 million-plus people are currently registered with parkruns, which take place at 9am every Saturday. The runs – organised by volunteers – are open to people of all ages and abilities, from club runners to those wishing to walk the route.

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  • Charity asks public for support over ‘unfair’ Carer’s Allowance

    Charity asks public for support over ‘unfair’ Carer’s Allowance

    From Ilkley Gazette, September 4th, 2018

    A LOCAL charity that supports unpaid carers is backing a national campaign calling on the Government to raise Carer’s Allowance to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance. Carer’s Allowance - the main benefit for people who provide unpaid care for family or friends - is the lowest benefit of its kind at £64.60 per week. It is going up by £8.50 per week in Scotland to the same level as Jobseeker’s Allowance.

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  • Call for 3.5 per cent rail fare hike to be shelved until train operator 'gets house in order'

    Call for 3.5 per cent rail fare hike to be shelved until train operator 'gets house in order'

    From Ilkley Gazette, August 28th, 2018

    FURIOUS campaigners say another whopping rail-fare hike on trains to and from Ilkley should be shelved until the operator "gets its house in order". The demand was made as Northern, which runs services on the Wharfedale line, was blasted for its performance.

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  • Silsden group fights new road

    Silsden group fights new road

    From Craven Herald & Pioneer, August 28th, 2018

    SILSDEN residents are uniting to save a much-loved stretch of Silsden countryside from bulldozers. Silsden Campaign Group for the Countryside has been formed in the wake of more than 300 objections to plans to build a road across three footpaths to serve a potential housing estate. Keighley MP John Grogan this week pledged his support for the campaign against the ‘enabling road’ across fields between Bolton Road, Hawber Lane at Swartha, and Banklands. The road is also intended to provide a secondary access route to the new Silsden Primary School, which has already gained planning permission from Bradford Council.
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