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Hilary_Benn_at_cafe_couture.jpgLabour’s Communities and Local Government Minister launched a Cost of Living survey at a not-for-profit café in Reading on Monday 14th April.

Hilary Benn joined Reading West parliamentary candidate Victoria Groulef at Café Couture to talk to customers about the costs of childcare, energy bills and rents.

Working families in the South East are on average over £2,000 a year worse off since 2010 and problems with paying the bills is one of the issues that keeps coming up on the doorstep.

Victoria Groulef said: “I’m delighted Hilary Benn could join us in Reading West to launch this survey. I keep hearing from people about how the cost of living crisis is affecting them but this survey will allow us to get a better idea of the extent of the impact.

“Last week Ed Miliband announced that the next Labour government will build a highly skilled, higher wage economy. This will mean more jobs in skilled construction trades, better quality jobs in health and caring professions and more growth in the technology sector.

“But this can’t be just imposed from Westminster – real change needs local people to make the difference and create the jobs we need. That’s the key reason why we're talking to people about the issue and why we’re launching the survey as we need to find out what the barriers are for local people.”

Hilary Benn MP Launches Cost of Living Survey in Reading

Labour’s Communities and Local Government Minister launched a Cost of Living survey at a not-for-profit café in Reading on Monday 14th April.

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The Big Fill campaign claimed its first major success after East Sussex County Council announced that it would fix potholes within 28 days.

Former guidelines gave the Council up to a year to repair roads and so the Meridian Branch Labour Party and parliamentary candidate Nancy Platts started a campaign to improve the service on offer.

The announcement comes just days after the ESCC announced it was seeking additional funding to add to the £45 million fund set aside for road repairs.

Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, Nancy Platts, had called for action from the council.

Nancy said: “It’s fantastic that East Sussex County Council have now committed to repairing our roads more quickly.

“Many local roads are in a poor state of repair and I will continue to fight for Peacehaven’s roads to be brought up to scratch.”

Find out more about the campaign and watch an interview with Nancy here.

http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2014-03-12/peacehaven-residents-disgusted-with-state-of-roads/

Peacehaven Pothole Campaign Wins Repair Pledge

The Big Fill campaign claimed its first major success after East Sussex County Council announced that it would fix potholes within 28 days. Former guidelines gave the Council up to...

Thames Valley Police Force is in the top five constabularies for stress related absences in England and Wales, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

Figures show that in 2013 there were 244 stress related absences in the Thames Valley force, compared to 189 in 2009.

Hardworking officers are telling me that they are dealing with a wide variety of issues and often PCSOs are now doing the work of officers," Victoria Groulef.

There were also 9,311 hours lost to sick leave compared to 7,975 in 2009. The total number of hours lost since 2010 is 34,500.

On Monday Labour’s Policing Minister, Jack Dromey, and Victoria Groulef will meet with residents in Reading to hear their views on the issue.

Victoria Groulef, Labour’s Reading West Parliamentary candidate, is concerned that police officers are overstretched and taking on more responsibilities.

Victoria said: “Hardworking officers are telling me that they are dealing with a wide variety of issues and often PCSOs are now doing the work of officers.

“We need to address this issue now, neighbourhood policing is essential for our security and wellbeing, if our officers are doing too much then there will be a serious impact.”

'Sickness has soared"

On a national level the police service has seen a staggering increase in the number of hours taken sick under this Government. With the thin blue line being stretched ever thinner the health of our hardworking neighbourhood police teams is being damaged, undermining effective community policing.

Jack Dromey said: “Theresa May makes the Police sick. Under her watch, hours lost to sickness have soared to a staggering 8 million. That's the equivalent of 4,190 Police Officers off the beat and confined to bed.

“Little wonder because the Home Secretary tops the European league, cutting more Police Officers than any other country in Europe. With 15,000 gone, 10,000 from the front line, many Police Officers are now paying the price with their health.

“In Thames Valley Police Service alone the amount of sick hours taken has grown to nearly 34,500 since 2010. Thames Valley is now in the top 5 constabularies for stress related absences in England and Wales. Theresa May’s disregard for the dedicated work our bobbies do in our neighbourhoods is placing them under undue pressure.”

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Stress Related Sick Leave On Increase In Thames Valley Police Force, FoI request reveals

Thames Valley Police Force is in the top five constabularies for stress related absences in England and Wales, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Figures show that in 2013...

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