31st March 2014

Warrington delegation visit Number 10

Colin Parry OBE, Wendy Parry OBE, local MP David Mowat and Dulwich & West Norwood MP Tessa Jowell met with the Prime Minister today to discuss the future of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and its Survivors for Peace programme.

In the Budget the Chancellor was able to find £150,000 to fund the programme for the next financial year and the Government has committed itself to “finding a permanent funding solution” for the programme.

The Survivors for Peace programme works with victims and survivors of terror attacks in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Speaking after the meeting, David Mowat said:

“Whilst the Budget announcement was welcome, we do need to get the Survivors for Peace programme on a more secure financial footing so that we don’t end up with the same situation next year.

“Following today’s meeting, I’m pleased that the Government appreciates the value of this programme and is working to find a permanent solution.”

Colin Parry said:

"The meeting lasted thirty minutes and we agreed a range of actions that will secure our vital work in support of victims and survivors.

"Wendy and I are extremely grateful to David for helping facilitate this meeting and his active support of the Foundation."

31st March 2014

Education Secretary visits Great Sankey High

Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP was given a robotics demonstration by students at Great Sankey High School as part of his tour of the school last week.

After being invited to Warrington by local MP David Mowat, Mr Gove was escorted on a tour of the school by Head Boy Benjamin Newlove and Head Girl Phoebe Williams. He also heard from Executive Head Alan Davies JP, Head Paula Crawley and Chair of Governors Andrew Bent about how a conversion to Academy Status had given them much more freedom to deliver an outstanding education for their students.

Local MP David Mowat said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to show him just one example of the outstanding teaching and learning that is happening in Warrington on a daily basis.

“Strong leadership and excellent teaching are combined at Great Sankey High to ensure that children in the area are getting the best possible start in life.”

Headteacher Paula Crawley said:

“It was a pleasure to welcome the Secretary of State to Great Sankey High School. We were delighted to hear him say that this was one of the best schools that he had visited. This is testimony to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding staff and our amazing young people.  He also visited our magnificent 6th form building and was complimentary about the curriculum being provided to our 400+ students in the 6th form. “

Executive Head Alan Davies added:

The Secretary of State made it clear that Great Sankey is an outstanding institution. I am grateful for the work of the Headteacher, Mrs Crawley and her dedication and vision of the school along with her Senior team. It is with a great sense of pride that I am Executive Head at Great Sankey and am honoured to be part of such an amazing school.”

25th March 2014

Children's Minister Visits Warrington School

Education and Childcare Minister Elizabeth Truss MP paid a visit to Evelyn Street Primary School in Warrington last week to see the school’s after-hours childcare provision and to congratulate them on their test results in science and maths.

Evelyn Street is one of the top performing schools in the Borough for maths, with 80% of its students achieving Level 5 or higher in 2012/13. The school also provides flexible nursery places for younger children from 8am to 6pm, allowing more parents to return to work.

Local MP David Mowat, who accompanied the minister, said:

“It’s always a pleasure to show off the outstanding work going on in Warrington, whether that be a business, a community group or a school.

“Not only is Evelyn Street already an outstanding school which gives local children the chance to get the best possible start in life, it is also pioneering new approaches to help parents manage both work and childcare.”

Minister for Education and Childcare Liz Truss added:

“It was great to see the high quality, flexible provision offered to parents in Warrington by Evelyn Street Primary.

"The Government is committed to the development of even more high quality places for childcare which is why we are encouraging school nurseries to open from 8-6 and offer more flexible hours for part time workers.

“I hope nurseries across the country to take a look at the work done in the North West to see how they can expand and improve the provision they provide.”

20th March 2014

Mowat Welcomes end to Halton Dumping

Warrington South MP David Mowat has welcomed news that Halton Borough Council will cease dumping at Arpley by 2015. Council leader Rob Polhill wrote to Mr Mowat this week to confirm that a new waste contract had been signed that would not involve waste from the Borough being dumped at Arpley.

Mr Mowat wrote to Cllr Polhill and the Leaders of the 6 local authorities in the Merseyside area back in February to ask them to consider the effect their waste strategies were having on Warrington. Since 2013, Arpley has not received any waste from Warrington Borough Council

David Mowat said:

“This is an extremely significant development. The key argument over Arpley has been over where Merseyside and Halton would dump their waste if the site closed. This week’s announcement shows that there is now even less demand for Arpley than when Councillors threw out the first application.

“I congratulate Halton Borough Council for following Warrington’s lead and reducing their reliance on landfill. I hope that the site can now be finally closed so that the families who live nearby can get on with their lives once again.”

19th March 2014

Budget Boost for Peace Centre

The future of work with victims of terrorism, carried out by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace now looks secure after Chancellor George Osborne announced £150,000 of funding in his speech.

The “Survivors for Peace” project, set up to help victims of terrorist attacks living in the UK was threatened with closure after its support from the Big Lottery Fund came to an end, but today’s announcement means that it can continue to operate.

Mr Mowat, Colin Parry OBE and Wendy Parry OBE are due to meet with the Prime Minister at the end of March to discuss the Foundation’s work and ongoing funding issues.

David Mowat MP said:

“I’m delighted that the Chancellor has recognised the excellent work being done in Warrington to support victims of terrorism. The Foundation is the only organisation offering these services in the United Kingdom and it is vital that they continue.

“I have lobbied hard to get the Government to fund this important programme because I believe it will save money in the long run.”

Peace Centre Chief Executive Nick Taylor added:

This is a remarkable achievement and recognition of the vital work of our charity and also of the major contribution Warrington makes to promoting peace.

“David Mowat MP is our Patron and works tirelessly to promote the Foundation here in the community and in Westminster.  We are so grateful to him for taking our case for funding to the top of Government and in helping achieve this amazing result.”

3rd March 2014

63 Families in Warrington already helped through Help to Buy

Local MP David Mowat has welcomed new figures showing the success of the Government’s Help to Buy: Equity loan, Right to Buy and other schemes in helping hardworking families to buy their own home.

In Warrington, 63 loans have been approved under the Help to Buy scheme since April 2013.

Across the country over 100,000 hardworking families are being helped onto the housing ladder, with 14,000 able to buy their council house, thanks to Right to Buy, since 2012 and over 25,000 given access to an affordable mortgage thanks to the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme so they can buy their home. 

These schemes are part of the Conservative-led Government’s long-term economic plan that is getting Britain building again. New homes are now being built at the fastest rate since before the financial crash, with the number of new homes registered and the number of housing starts in 2013 at their highest level since 2007 and the number of homes granted planning permission up 22 per cent on 2012.

David Mowat MP commented:

Just across the road from my office, new houses are being built which young families will be able to afford because of Help to Buy.

“Too many young couples are getting caught in the trap of having to spend such exorbitant amounts on rent that they cannot afford to save for a deposit on a home of their own.

“Our long-term economic plan is getting Britain building again and helping hardworking people to achieve their dream of owning their own home, where they can feel secure enabling them to plan for their future, raise a family and contribute to their communities.’

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