We Can Do Better Than This

A few weeks ago I promised to write a little more about cycling – a promise whose fulfilment has been delayed by events. In the same article, I praised the Borough Council for helping to organize such a successful weekend festival of two wheels. IBC can get it right. On…

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Now I Know What Bliss Is Made Of

Until you’ve done it, no one can describe the pure delight of waking up next to your own little baby.  Stevie Wonder puts it best (with appropriate change of sex): ‘We have been heaven blessed, I can’t believe what God has done, Through us he’s given life to one, But…

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In education, nothing but the best will do

We can all wish the world were a better place; doing something about it is another thing.  The greater the aspiration, the greater the effort required to make it happen. Why the cod philosophising?  Because we are sometimes in danger of that when talking about schools. Figures out over the…

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Teach First

Ben fought to bring Teach First to Ipswich, an exciting programme that aims to address education disadvantage within our communities. Ben is looking forward to them starting to operate in September and help improve local schools for our children.

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Childcare costs

Ben believes that affordable childcare is important to help with parents’ work flexibility and toddlers’ development. Ben has voted for key reforms to help families including extending free childcare to include under two year olds from the lowest income families, and in 2015, childcare will be exempt from tax up…

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Care UK

Here’s a little story about a new care home that’s opened in Chantry. A couple of years ago, the County Council decided to separate out its care homes and let them to an outside provider. Why? Because many were old and in need of renewal, and the County did not…

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Suffolk Loving Ipswich

I grew up in the Suffolk countryside, first in Fressingfield, near Diss, and then after I was eight years old, just outside Debenham, in the little village of Winston. I remember, when I was very little, going to Norwich with my family for Christmas shopping but my real memories as…

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Suffolk New Academy: Progress

Today is a big day for me and for Chantry.  I will be putting a spade in the ground, cutting a sod of turf, and then smiling very, very broadly.  It’s a small act but one that marks the beginning of the end of a long journey for Suffolk New…

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Network Rail & Abellio Apology

An apology to our customers We’re extremely sorry for the disruption that has affected services on a number of days this week (especially on the Great Eastern Main Line).  We recognise that the delays suffered by many passengers have been both inconvenient and very frustrating.  We also understand that in…

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