“There is no such thing as a free lunch” was one of the first things I learnt in economics. But it seems that Ed Miliband thinks there is. He seems to believe that you can have freeze energy prices for 20 months with no adverse impacts. It may have seemed a politically smart thing to do leading into the traditional period of energy price increases.
The shortage of primary school places is in the news – again.
The last time was around 2008, when Kingston and most London Boroughs began to experience a large unexpected rise in demand. The latest figures show the trend has continued. In fact, this time it’s affecting more areas of the country.
The Energy Bill returns to the House of Commons tomorrow. It’s a crucial Bill that will help deliver all of the above, but clearly one issue – the 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector – has been the focus of much attention over the last few months.
Kingston Hospital saw a triple win in May – winning Foundation Trust status, retaining its “Top 40” position in a comparison of all Britain’s NHS hospitals and, best of all, receiving confirmation that it’s A&E and Maternity will stay open, as promised.
April saw significant changes to tax and benefits. Some say these are unfair – claiming the rich are benefitting, whilst the poor are taking the hit. Others argue the changes don’t go far enough, saying our welfare system is “broken”.
The green deal lets homes and businesses pay for energy efficiencyimprovements, such as insulation or a new heating system, through savings on their fuel bills. A typical three-bed semi could save around £270 a year with solid wall insulation alone.
The formal opening is just a few weeks away, but the fabulous news is that Surbiton’s new health centre is open for patients – after years of campaigning.
Last month, I was lucky enough to get a tour of the centre from the superb team that have managed this major NHS project – on time and on budget. What hits you is the high quality of the building and its facilities.
For many residents in Berrylands, and for me personally, 2012 ended on a rather sad note. My friend and colleague Frances Moseley died after a lengthy battle with cancer. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Frances.
As we enter the first cold snap of the year there will inevitably be a focus on the rising cost of energy – particularly after there have been inflation busting increases in gas and electricity tariffs of 6-10% over the past few months.
Despite all our economic difficulties, there’s been a few reasons for some Surbiton businesses to celebrate recently.
At the end of October, Surbiton was awarded “Town Team” partner status – a new idea to support local high streets. Amongst other things, this will help promote Surbiton’s independent shops and cafes, with one idea being a ‘community card’ loyalty scheme in which local businesses group together to offer discounts and vouchers. So it should also be good news for you if you shop locally.
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Published by Edward Davey MP, 21 Berrylands Road, Surbiton, KT5 8QX.
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