From Ilkley Gazette, May 14th, 2019
KEIGHLEY MP John Grogan says the Government should take back responsibility for free TV licences for the over-75s. He was speaking during a Commons debate on the issue. Mr Grogan says there are 6,680 households in his constituency, which includes Ilkley, with pensioners aged over 75. "Under the Digital Economy Act – made law in 2017 – the Government has passed responsibility for the free TV licences to the BBC from 2020," he said. "But the cost would mean the broadcaster having to cut 20 per cent off its budget."
From Ilkley Gazette, May 1st, 2019
VULNERABLE people shouldn't have to worry about the cost of their future care, says Keighley MP John Grogan. He was speaking after attending a drop-in event in Parliament, at which the charity Independent Age outlined evidence relating to the benefits of introducing free personal care for older people in England. Free care is already available in Scotland. Figures show there are more than 19,300 people aged over 65 in the Keighley Parliamentary constituency.
From Keighley News, April 25th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand
A PROPOSED merger which it was feared could have led to the closure of a Keighley supermarket has been blocked. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled against the £12 billion deal between Sainsbury’s and Asda, claiming it would result in higher prices for consumers. There were concerns that if the move went ahead, the axe would have fallen on one of the companies’ Keighley stores – which are situated on neighbouring sites, separated only by the Airedale railway line.
From Yorkshire Evening Post, April 21st, 2019
Written by Paul Robinson
They were scenes to sadden anyone who has ever strode purposefully across Ilkley Moor or paused for a picnic at the Cow and Calf rocks. One of Yorkshire’s most famous beauty spots, under siege from the ravages of a ferocious fire that took hold during the hottest day of the year so far.