07 MAR 2018

Promoting Digital Citizenship

I met Digital Leaders from Childnet International and Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from The Diana Award in Parliament recently to hear more about their efforts to eliminate bullying and promote digital citizenship both on and offline.

It is absolutely essential that we keep our young people safe online and it was good to also talk to Facebook about the steps they are taking on this and their new commitment which could see tens of thousands of pupils in schools across the UK trained as Digital Leaders or Anti-Bullying Ambassadors.

08 FEB 2018

Increase in Money Passed on to Childcare Providers

Suffolk County Council have decided to increase the amount of money it will pass on to childcare providers. Childcare providerswill now receive £4.00 per child per hour from £3.87, as the County Council has been able to reduce the amount they will keep from their central government grant for the important safeguarding and admin role that they fulfil.

Therese said: "Last year the Government doubled the amount of free childcare entitlement from 15-hours to 30-hours per school week, giving families more flexibility. As a result of this and the Early Years Funding Formula there were concerns in the sector about the amount of money they received and the sustainability of some of their businesses.

Last year all 7 Suffolk MPs met the Education Minister to discuss the 30 hours policy and funding per head for Suffolk. I also met Gordon Jones, Cabinet Member for Children's Services at Suffolk County Council – and I am pleased they have made this decision."

07 FEB 2018

The NHS Parliamentary Awards

The NHS turns 70 this year – and to mark the occasion Therese met the wonderful Ethel in Parliament today who worked as anurse on the first day of our NHS – the 5th July 1948.

Therese said: "Our health service would not be the fantastic organisation it is without the staff and volunteers that support it every day.

I look forward to having the chance to nominate some excellent local services as part of the #NHS70Parliamentary Awards taking place this year."

For more information see - www.nhs70awards.co.uk

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