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  • commented 2017-03-06 14:36:19 +0000
    Dear Mr Mowat,

    You are no doubt aware of the depth of concern about the school funding proposals for Warrington: almost 4000 of your Warrington South constituents have signed the government petition on the topic to date, which is fast approaching 20,000 signatures overall. Whilst you have made some sympathetic comments, I am concerned that within your analysis of the impact on Warrington of the school funding proposals you have missed the main point with regard to why the formula is problematic and the main areas that require reconsideration.


    There is widespread agreement with your comment that the proposals are “bizarre” because they certainly are a disaster for Warrington children. What we now need is for you to use every bit of influence that you have to ensure that the current proposal does not go forward. It is grossly unfair that the basic per pupil funding for Warrington is so far below the average and local schools will be hampered by this for many years unless you act now to ensure that the government comes up with something substantially better for our children.


    Unfortunately, your comments in the local press focussed on the wrong aspects in my opinion, and I have written a published letter on this. I fear you will present a weak argument for local children and their families in your discussions with the schools minister about the plight of Warrington’s schools unless you focus on the basic per pupil funding and geographical adjustments.


    The strongest point you could make is the broadest financial one, which I believe is above party politics. Whatever one’s political standpoint, it is impossible to justify that the inadequacy of the basic per pupil element in the new formula means that the overall funding per child puts Warrington right at the bottom of the pecking order of local authorities across England at 141st out of 150. We have been a very low funded area for many years and the NFF does nothing to redress the balance. We have sunk even further towards the bottom of the pile and children here will receive a far lower per pupil amount that their peers in comparable areas. In my letter to the Warrington Guardian I cited Milton Keynes and as a reference point the Prime Minister’s local authority in prosperous Surrey. Both are significantly better funded and there’s no getting around the fact that this is unfair and wrong.


    It is essential that you raise the overall impact of the NFF on Warrington. In choosing to emphasise the so called ‘catch up premium’ for pupils who do not meet the expected standard at age 11, you have seized on a peripheral issue. Also, the other element you mentioned – an adjustment of the element for deprivation/high needs – would not be sufficient to address the core problem, and in any case would not be the right thing to do as additional funding must be provided to ensure that children with high or additional needs receive appropriate support. The new formula should be progressive in this respect.


    As I see it, the major stumbling block to ensuring a more equitable distribution is the government’s cap on adding or subtracting more than 3% from the settlement for any authority and the real terms cuts that are being inflicted on education. Unless further funding is afforded to the system, the cap means that the previously low funded schools remain so. It is also clear now that the schools will experience real terms cuts of at least 6.5% according to the very recent Institute for Fiscal Studies report (8% according to the National Audit Office) and this cannot be glossed over. The new formula therefore fails to grasp the nettle on area funding costs, which is a political decision that is unacceptable in your constituency. Your government needs to do two things: to put additional funding into the school funding system as a whole, and bite the bullet to come up with a more honest redistribution that ends the current postcode lottery which penalises children here. Your constituents have a rightful expectation that you will advocate on their behalf and secure a better proposal from the government in which you serve.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rebecca Knowles
  • commented 2017-03-06 10:55:25 +0000
    Good morning David, hope you are well.


    Following today’s confirmed news that Warrington has bid to be Capital of Culture in 2021, I would ask if you could expand on your comments made in the Warrington Guardian article, published online on 25th January 2017.


    http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15041911.Warrington_2021_City_of_Culture_bid_edges_closer/


    Specifically


    “That said, if Hull can be a City of Culture, I’m sure Warrington can.”


    Can you please expand on that, as to what Warrington has that equals or betters current incumbent of Capital of Culture, Hull.


    Here at [WAM]. we look forward to you supporting all Cultural events and projects in Warrington.


    Kind regards


    Lee Harman

    Editor
  • commented 2017-03-04 13:36:11 +0000
    Hi David


    What is being done to stop this ridiculous school funding lottery system. Countless schools in Warrington are going to be seriously affected and we’d like to know how you tend to tackle this serious issue


    Thanks

    Angie & Rob Elsley
  • commented 2017-03-03 17:25:55 +0000
    Dear Mr. Mowat,

    I am very concerned about the new Bill which is to be introduced, namely to force chemists against their beliefs and will to hand out the Morning after Pill to girls and women.

    I think it is sad enough that 8.7 million babies have already been aborted due to the fact

    that we(?) value the rights of women but not the rights of unborn babies!!!

    The Bill seems to me like an encouragement to everyone to indulge in promiscuity without the

    worry of a pregnancy!

    How many more scientists, doctors, nurses, artists, writers, musicians, composers, politicians

    etc. are we going to kill before birth?

    I beg you to vote against the introduction of this Bill for the sake of Babies and the Chemists with a conscience.

    Thank you Klara Seddon
  • commented 2017-03-02 16:27:12 +0000
    School Funding in Crisis


    I am writing to you as a concerned parent to highlight the serious concerns I have about school funding. In recent years it has become apparent that current budgets are unsustainable and that many schools are having to make significant cuts and lose staff to make their budgets balance.


    In Warrington we had believed that the national funding formula would finally give our children a fairer deal and we welcomed plans for a national funding formula but the proposed formula does little to improve the inequalities across the country. Data analysed on the School Cuts website provided by the Department for Education, shows that the majority of our Warrington schools will actually lose funding under this formula. This could mean losing valuable teachers and teaching assistants, classroom resources, opportunities for educational trips etc which would then have a significant impact on the standard of education offered to our children.


    I would like to ask you, as a matter of urgency, to write to the Chancellor Philip Hammond to call on him to provide more money for our schools in the Budget in March. The national funding formula does not make school funding fairer for the children of Warrington. School budgets are being pushed beyond breaking point. I hope you can put pressure on the government to make sure schools in your constituency can continue to deliver for all pupils.


    Yours sincerely,
  • commented 2017-03-02 10:22:52 +0000
    Dear David.

    As a Director of a Warrington company, Ted Todd Hardwood Floors, I write to you as a business man concerned at the Government’s inept handling of the much-needed M6 improvements (J16 to J19).

    Can I please ask who in the Government or in the Department for Transport, thinks it is acceptable to dig up and seriously restrict 17 MILES of the North West’s main motorway ?

    The situation last year at over 13 miles restricted was bad enough, but now the road works have been extended to over 17 miles!

    Why can’t the contractors be made to work on smaller sections, say 2 miles, complete the smaller section and then move on to the next ?

    If all of the effort and resource that is spread thinly over the 17 miles was concentrated into a smaller section then that section could be completed more quickly allowing some improved new road whilst working on the next section.

    Can I also ask what happened to the much publicised (around 22nd September 2015) call from MP’s to implement the same ?

    How has the crazy situation of 17 miles of roadworks been allowed to happen ? This is just not acceptable.

    I would appreciate your comments.

    Many thanks.

    Yours sincerely.

    Ray Scott
  • commented 2017-02-27 11:38:47 +0000
    The changes the Government are calling the fairer funding formula for schools are beyond ridiculous. They have clearly been calculated to protect the much higher funding given to southern shire counties with Conservative administrations and of course London. The performance of Warrington schools despite the low per pupil funding provided long term is commendable and requires a significant increase.


    As a Warirngton MP you should be fighting the unfair implementation of this ‘formula’ !
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  • commented 2017-02-27 00:34:56 +0000
    Dear Mr Mowat,

    I’m sure a number of your constituents have already raised this issue, but I’d like to highlight again, the need to review the National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools please?


    I understand that the idea was to ensure a fairer distribution, but this should not result in our schools and pupils receiving less than they did before, particularly as we’re already one of the lowest-funded LA’s in the country.


    Many of parents from the local schools including myself, have signed this petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/182705

    As our elected MP, please can you help to ensure that the concerns raised by this petition are reviewed and addressed?


    Also, would it be possible to arrange a public surgery / meeting to give all the local parents with similar worries, an opportunity to discuss this with you and understand what can be done change the proposed NFF?


    Many thanks.
  • commented 2017-02-26 20:49:38 +0000
    I am looking for support and advice from my MP for issues involving my University which is causing me substantial stress and anxiety.
  • commented 2017-02-26 18:09:14 +0000
    I have recently heard of the current plans by the government to change the regulations governing tobacco sales and this has raised a few concerns with me:

    • The packaging must be one uniform colour (black) – fair enough but will add to confusion both for customers and vendors.



    • The minimum no. of cigarettes (pre-rolled – such as Marlboro, Mayfair, etc) per packet will be 20 – I myself smoke rolling tobacco usually but occasionally like to buy 10 as either a treat or if I know that I am going somewhere where it may be difficult to roll-up due to time constraints, weather, crowding, etc. I also know of a number of people who smoke ten cigarettes a day and manage to do this by only buying ten per day; some of these people have told me that they would probably increase their smoking if FORCED to buy more.



    • The minimum amount of loose-leaf tobacco (rolling tobacco) available will be increased from 30g – This is probably my largest concern (other than the financial aspect, below). I usually buy a 50g packet to last me two weeks although this rarely pans out and usually have to supplement this with a 9 or 12.5g packet towards the end of the fortnight. The new changes will prevent me from doing this putting me in a difficult situation (below). I, again, know people who only buy small packets every few days or once a week as a way of controlling how much they smoke (these people are much more organised than me…) and the changes would effect them.



    • FINANCIAL ASPECTS – I do not earn much money. I am on ESA due to long term injury / disability so my budget is limited. This means that if I am going to be FORCED to spend ~£12 on a 30g packet as a top up (which would not last into the second fortnight) instead of £3.09 / £4.20 (9g / 12.5g) this would have to be taken out of somewhere else in my budget, likely food which I fear would have much greater health impact on me than the smoking itself. I am not alone in this. I would also like to note that this would cause me more stress and worry; I already suffer from anxiety and panic attacks (I have been hospitalised twice and seen by paramedics on another two occasions in the last six months) and am undergoing observations by my G.P. These measures run the risk of increasing the risks involved, especially if I find I cannot afford cigarettes as they do help to alleviate the symptoms.




    Finally I would like to say that I understand that these measures are being put in place to attempt to deter younger people (teenagers) from smoking and that is laudable. IT WILL NOT WORK. The kids will simply find the money from elsewhere, usually petty theft (£1 from mum’s purse or coat was always a good one in my day) as they probably do anyway – the increased expense will simply mean they’ll steal more and from more locations such as shops leading them into criminal activities and increasing tensions at home.


    All in all I think it is a very bad move and would ask you relay my concerns to all involved as I believe that the overall risks and downfalls far outweigh the small goal that it is trying to achieve.


    Thank you for your time.
  • commented 2017-02-25 19:18:21 +0000
    A tip from an overlooked part of Warrington… Most of the trouble is escalating from an established black haired family/families, growing in numbers! They pick on adults and rarely stop! There is about 100 lads from these families all coming up to breading age! That breed like rabbits! The next generation will treble+ they fight attack and intimidate, I’ve even been victimised and stitched up by a black haired copper! On gght property while gght do nothing…

    http://www.gghtorguk.n.nu
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  • commented 2017-02-23 14:09:13 +0000
    Begin forwarded message:


    From:

    Date: 19 February 2017 at 17:41:58 GMT

    To:

    Subject: School funding cuts


    28 Pickering crescent

    Thelwall

    Warrington

    Wa42ex


    Dear Mr. Mowatt


    I am disappointed to learn that the proposed changes to school funding will result in an unfair formula for Warrington Schools, yet again.


    Warrington will be one of the worst funded areas in the country if these proposals go ahead. How can it be fair that Warrington will receive £2469 less per child than the highest funded area?


    Whilst I agree that there is a need for a fairer system surely it’s not beyond the governments capabilities to come up with a system that ensures every child is treated equally with the needs of the most disadvantaged being met too?


    I am contacting you as my MP to seek your support in persuading the government to change the proposed formula.


    Thank you.


    Yours sincerely


    Patricia Fraser
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  • commented 2017-02-23 12:13:20 +0000
    I am very concerned, about the recent vandalism and damage caused by five youths who frequent the area, on four bikes, two on one bike, with one sitting on the cross bar, with legs over and across the handle bars, riding as a passenger on one of the bicycles, these bikes had no lights and were all over the road, taking their chances as they were swerving all over the road and in front of oncoming traffic, to a number of car owners on Jefferson Drive and Macinley street, Great Sankey, in the evening, of Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th and Monday 20th February between 9 pm and 10 pm at night, numerous damages were caused to cars, with wing mirrors being kicked off, by the youth with his feet, riding as a passenger, on one of the bikes and by other youths who were pulling the wing mirrors off and smashing them on the ground, as they were riding past and doing several u turns and coming back again to make sure the job was done! we are sickened to watch the footage on our CCTV during the three nights rampage.

    My next door neighbour has footage of two youths up our driveway, in front of two garages, one holding and securing two bikes while the other youth was about to rip into my neighbours car, before looking up and seeing the camera, where upon, he decided not to bother!

    Our neighbour, across the road, had just paid out a considerable amount to have his wing mirror mended from the previous evenings rampage, only to find it had been vandalised, for the second time, in two days, to say he was very shocked and upset, is an under statement!

    With all the above here mentioned, we (the victims, of this recent injustice) would like to know, why these youths are being allowed to ride, with out lights at night and two on a bike,as is often the case, unabated, to damage and wreck other peoples cars, causing a danger to themselves and other road users, why is this happening so often, even during the day as well as evenings, forcing a hazardous situation to car owners, home owners and pedestrians, as these boys are all over the footpaths as well as the roads?

    We do not feel as if this is over, we are all on edge wondering when these youths will make a come back, we do not feel that in anyway it is acceptable to put people in a fearful situation, for their own safety and well being, and fear of anticipation for the next car wrecking event, these are worrying ramifications, for a lawless culture, where we feel, that not enough action has been taken, as yet, to deal with these situations!

    Can you please help us to see a positive response and more being done to help prevent this?

    Yours Sincerely,

    Mrs. Caroline Westbrook-Jones.

    Speaking on behalf of the vicvtims of Jefferson Drive and Mackinley street, Great Sankey.
  • commented 2017-02-22 20:24:20 +0000
    David, after the appalling decision to roll back on allowing a few hundred child immigrants into the country (and trying to blame local councils), we now have the Government going to court to defend its policy of disrupting family life of British citizens with a non-British spouse. The court may have said it’s legal, but where’s the morality?
  • commented 2017-02-22 17:12:23 +0000
    Hi David, hope you are well, I really have to struggle to except any reason why people are being left on the street? I don’t understand why emergency shelters are not in place for this man made disaster? In the name of God please help those people!

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  • commented 2017-02-22 13:36:25 +0000
    Hi David, I have been corresponding with Stewart but recently I have not had a response to my ongoing query regarding the Diploma student loan. There is a petition in circulation that has been signed by 2,300 people for a bill to be passed for students on the further education diploma course in Dance and Performing Arts. These young people have a lot of talent and are missing out of vital training as they are unable to afford it, on top of their living costs. The industry recognises the diploma more than the degree as there is more contact time of up to 40 hours per week and getting them ready for the industry. Can you please take time to look into this again as it is a topic that seems to get a back seat. The banks and government should get together on this and look at how beneficial in the long run it would be. There is so much missed talent and opportunity because of the lack of help to educate. There has been a letter to and from central government from the education minister, but as I pointed out to Stewart it contradicted itself in the wording. thanks
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  • commented 2017-02-19 10:58:50 +0000
    Hi david. Government website says that council are responsible for private rented people in emergency situation. Warrington are saying they are not. My mum and dad in law have no electricity in there property. Landlord not contactable. Dad in law has alzhimers and council are supposed to assist in such situations. As my mp and health minister please help
  • commented 2017-02-18 10:49:43 +0000
    Dear David, A thought of the day… We say people are living longer? Isn’t it the older fish and chips generation that have lived longer to date? Evidence of healthy living will take time to reveal dark negative reactions weak bones depression etc? Just a thought, and people have to die, that in most cases cost the NHS money! Its unlucky when people draw a short straw, sufival of the fittist…

    http://www.boosttraff.n.nu

    Alan J Peck…
  • commented 2017-02-18 09:53:35 +0000
    Dear Mr Mowat


    I see that Warrington A&E is on the list to be closed or downgraded under the published reorganisation of NHS services


    Can I enquire if that is indeed your understanding and what your position is on this?


    Yours sincerely

    Tony Sudworth
  • commented 2017-02-16 23:18:03 +0000
    Hi David,


    I hope you are well. I noted in the Express online that the European Union’s is attempting to “grab” UK fish stocks i.e. for the current situation to pertain after exit. For the sake of all regional UK communities involved in fishing and its engineering support industries (which could be located in Warrington) I believe we should oppose this strongly, one of the main benefits of getting out is to get control of our water to the 200 mile limit and manage the UK seas sustainably for the UK and as an export industry operated by the British.

    Regards

    Steve
  • commented 2017-02-16 22:14:42 +0000
    Hello David


    As you are aware there are proposed housing developments in Appleton of 375 houses, Stretton (180 houses) and Grappenhall Heys (400 houses), on the HCA parcels of land.

    In addition there is a recently submitted planning application by Bloor Homes for 79 houses in Appleton Thorn.


    Borough Councillors and both Stretton and Appleton Parish Councils have asked for all three HCA applications to be considered together so the full impact of almost 1000 additional houses on local infrastructure and the highways network can be assessed.

    .

    The Pewterspear Green (Stretton) application (2016/28807) is coming before the Council’s Development Management Committee on Thursday 23rd February. This is an outline application for up to 180 residential dwellings.


    The report states that ‘officers do not consider that the application is premature, as making a decision as to the principle of residential development now – either for approval or refusal – would not substantially prejudice the delivery of core strategy policies, in its own right. In terms of the principle of the delivery of housing at the site, the proposal can be considered on its own merits and does not need to wait for the submission of applications on other HCA sites’.


    I am very concerned and angry at Warrington Borough Council’s inability to consider such a significant housing development as part of a wider planning strategy for South Warrington. 1000+ houses which will have such a major impact on South Warrington; on services, school capacity, health services and especially transport.


    The HCA seem to be sneaking through a development of 180 houses which will fetch a premium on the open market. No infrastructure will be put in. Some financial contributions but NONE to improving traffic measures but £110k to improve the No 8 bus service – which presumably ticks the ‘sustainability’ box.


    There is mention that there are ‘shortfalls’ in this application (which I need to pick out) but I am extremely angry and I get the impression that because we have green space and South Warrington is an affluent area, we are building houses because houses here will sell.


    Regards


    Councillor Judith Wheeler

    Borough Councillor for Appleton, Stretton, Hatton and Walton
  • commented 2017-02-16 08:09:37 +0000
    Good morning. Am absolutely appalled to hear of proposed school funding cuts. Have 3 children in full time education in Stockton Heath and can not comprehend how the school can possibly continue with such a slash in budgeting. My eldest daughter is at bridgewater and although I feel the educational standard is high the buildings and sheer amount of pupils is overwhelming. Can we as parents do anything to appeal against this clearly unfair formula? Can you put our views forward? Will this be another case of not being listened do. This requires immediate action
  • commented 2017-02-15 20:48:03 +0000
    Dear David,

    Please, please do something to stop this from happening…my children go to lymm high & the proposed cuts are dreadful… Far from making school funding fairer, government proposals would make Warrington one of the very worst funded areas for education nationally, placing us 141st in the country out of 150.

    · Under the new formula, schools in the best funded authority in England will receive an average of £6,775 per child, while those in Warrington would receive £4,306 – a difference of £2,469 per child.

    · Warrington schools will have a total of almost a quarter of a million pounds per year wiped off their budgets on top of the very substantial cuts that nearly all schools have had to make over the past few years.

    · Whilst some Warrington schools will see an increase in funding, the great majority will not – and even those who are set to benefit will be significantly worse off than similar schools in other areas of the country.

    · The top 16 best funded authorities remain at the top and the existing postcode lottery remains.

    · Nothing has been done to ensure that schools in the worst-funded authorities – such as Warrington – are being adequately protected.

    Please please look after our schools.

    Jacqueline leighton jones
  • commented 2017-02-15 14:38:52 +0000
    Dear Mr Mowatt


    I am writing with reference to the Education Review and the reduction in schools funding. I believed this review was aimed at establishing equity across the system and ensuring schools are fairly funded for the area they serve and the challenges they face. I was wrong Warrington as we know is significantly away from its funding target on health, local authority services and now more so on education. I believe we are one of the lowest funded areas in the country for education and this is quite frankly is disgusting. Given we have some of the most deprived wards in the country sat in Warrington what is the government saying? You are poor so you can get a bit poorer!!! I truly believe this is indefensible and your party should be ashamed. Please ask the powers that be to reconsider the allocations because our schools will suffer and so will our children and their futures.


    I realise most of government don’t use the state education system because they don’t have to but we do and we need it to be funded appropriately.


    Please appeal on our behalf. Thank you Jan
  • commented 2017-02-15 11:31:49 +0000
    Dear David, As a parent, I received a letter yesterday from Cherry Tree Primary School, Lymm stating how the ‘National Funding Formula’ will result in reduced funding for this school and many others in the Warrington Borough. The aim of the NFF was to make funding for education fairer and more equitable I believe. The letter I received suggests this is not the case, funding will be more inequitable than previously and it will result in significant cuts to many schools in the Warrington borough. I will email you this letter to read for yourself, but as my local MP, urge you to stand up for the education of our local children. This is surely the way forward for a fairer, more prosperous future for us all!
  • commented 2017-02-15 10:39:50 +0000
    Hi David, I hope you are well. This Government now have a skeptical double thumbs up 👍. Firstly recyclable disposal housing fantastic recycled idea if the aim is to home more homeless? Second is the cut in sickness payments for the unemployed! I’m unemployed on basic JSA, most of my enemies are on the sick but the Government say they need £40pw to live on then me! They make people’s life a misery drinking and drug taking, many of the ones I know work too. All the best, please push for the homeless it is a foundation to a stronger economy…

    Alan…