Lib Dem initiative brings £3 million extra for Kingston pupils

Every school in Kingston will benefit from increased pupil premiums in 2013/14.

The cash targets extra money to schools depending on the number of children from disadvantaged backgrounds they have, at a rate of £900 per pupil. The Pupil Premium is a major Liberal Democrat priority that is being delivered by the Coalition Government.

The full total for Kingston schools will be £3,047,000. 

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More, more, more …. extra items can now be recycled thanks to popular Liberal Democrat scheme

Our Liberal Democrat commitment to put the environment at the heart of everything we do is still as relevant today as it was four years ago when a new waste collection scheme was pioneered in Kingston. Being the envy of other London boroughs, the scheme was one of the first to collect recycling from flats.

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Zero tolerance in Kingston for anti social drinking

To help the Police deal with alcohol related anti social behaviour in Kingston Town centre at night, the Liberal Democrat Council Administration is calling for a new Designated Public Places Order (DPPO.) Subject to public consultation, the Order will make it illegal to continue to drink alcohol after being told not to do so by the Police.

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Filter Beds Planning Application public meeting on Thursday 8th November

There will be a public meeting about the Filter Beds planning application on Thursday 8th November 2012 at 8pm (refreshments from 7.30pm) at St Andrew's and St Mark's Junior School on Maple Road.

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Collective Energy Switching


Joining the Government’s campaign ‘Cheaper Energy Together’ aimed at keeping energy bills down and homes warm, tonight (25th October) at Place and Sustainability Committee, Liberal Democrat councillors will be discussing their motion to explore the feasibility of setting up a Kingston Energy Switching initiative.

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Local Lib Dems reject Government plans to allow home extensions without planning permission



Kingston Lib Dems have writen to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg in the strongest terms about Government plans which would see residents being able to extend their homes by up to eight metres without planning permission.

We welcome any changes that will stimulate the economy, boost jobs and growth but believe this change to policy would be a disaster for residents and our communities.

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Sunshine Ward Saved - Lib Dems stop “the inevitable”


Kingston Hospital’s children ward has been saved from closing after a major campaign this summer led by local MP, Edward Davey.

The threat to close “Sunshine Ward” came earlier this year in a NHS review of children’s services across South West London. People feared the proposal would send many more local children now attending Kingston Hospital to St George’s in Tooting instead. That would seriously inconvenience hundreds of local families and undermine the financial viability of any remaining children’s services at Kingston.

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New Lime Tree Primary School in Surbiton


Kingston Lib Dems - Building new school places. On time and on budget.



I'm delighted to inform local families that the construction of the new Lime Tree school in Oakhill, Surbiton is progressing according to plan.

It will open with a nursery class and two reception classes this September.

Malcolm Self, councillor for Surbiton Hill ward, says:

“I’m pleased that the Lib Dem council has been so successful in providing new primary school places.

Kingston is the only council in London to be building a new primary school and I’m really pleased that it’s located in our ward."

The new school recently featured in an ITN report highlighting Kingston’s success in providing new places.

Previously, the Kingston Conservative spokesman on Education has said that if became Executive Member for Children’s Services, he would replace any 'silly idea' of building a primary school on the hospital site.

North Kingston Secondary school funding

Despite finding a suitable site and provider, Kingston’s new secondary school is now in jeopardy again, because its bid for funding from central Government was unsuccessful.

“Kingston Council is more prepared than most for the increase in the number of children needing a school place; spending £46m on permanent primary school expansion and ready to go on the new secondary school.

However Michael Gove seems to prefer to fund his pet projects of unnecessary free schools,” says Liz Green, Deputy Leader of Kingston.

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Surbiton Library - unfounded speculation

Tory Scaremongering Surbiton Library John Ayles Lib dem Councillor Surbiton Hill Kingston Council


Recently, rumours have been spread by the local Tory party over the future of Surbiton library.

In order to set the record straight:

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Rebekah Moll stands for the Lib Dems in Grove ward by-election


The Lib Dem Focus team has selected a strong local candidate for the council by-election, to be held in Grove ward, on 5th July.

Kingston resident Rebekah Moll says:

“I hope you will give me the opportunity to represent Grove Ward and to join the two other Lib Dem councillors, Chrissie Hitchcock and Barry O’Mahony, on the council. I promise to keep up the high standard of work that they have given over many years.

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Improvements to Ancient Marketplace

Chrissie Hitchcock

Last year, Lib Dem Councillors in Grove ward took the initiative to make further improvements to the ancient Kingston Market Place.

Recent improvements have seen the removal of traffic, the installation of the very popular fountain and a greater variety of stalls and events throughout the year.

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Lib Dem's Pupil Premium gives £2 Million to Kingston schools

Kingston schools will get nearly £2million more through the Liberal Democrat Pupil Premium national policy. Every school will get £600 per pupil per year for each pupil who currently gets, or has in the last 6 years received, free school meals.

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More money for you, thanks to the Lib Dems

Lib Dem policy has taken over a million of the lowest paid out of paying tax altogether and many millions more will pay £130 less a year, on top of the extra £200 per year saved last year. So a basic rate tax payer now pays £330 a year less each year thanks to the Liberal Democrats.

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Save Sunshine ward in Kingston Hospital

key_ed-davey-rebekah-moll-save-sunshine-ward.pngJoin the campaign to save children’s services at Kingston Hospital. Local MP Ed Davey and Grove ward candidate Rebekah Moll have joined forces to stop the closure of ‘Sunshine Ward’ – the in-patient paediatric facility at Kingston Hospital.

Lib Dems saved A&E and Maternity - now we need to save Sunshine ward

Following a long and hard fought campaign against the last Labour Government’s plans to strip services from Kingston Hospital Ed Davey MP and local Liberal Democrats have been successful in saving A&E and Maternity services at Kingston.

However the NHS Better Services Better Value review has now put in-patient paediatric facilities at Kingston Hospital under threat.

Petition Closed - thanks for supporting this successful campaign!

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