You may have noticed yellow boxes appearing around our area which contain defibrillators: life-saving devices for people suffering a cardiac arrest. These are funded by community organisations.
Speaking to Bill, a local volunteer, and realising that communities are having to pay VAT on the defibrillators it was clear that something should be done.
I have tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons which seeks to support all communities to have a public defibrillator and to drop the VAT on these devices. As Bill said to me, without the VAT: for every five purchased, the sixth would be free!
Please encourage your friends and family who live outside Colne Valley constituency to urge their MP to support my EDM and share this post with them
An MP joined a trade union protest in a bid to stop funding cuts at every school in her constituency.
The Examiner revealed earlier this year that a government shake-up of school funding is set to see all but three of Kirklees’ 171 schools lose out.
Colne Valley MP Thelma Walker , a former headteacher, has now joined forces with ex-colleagues to campaign for a re-think.
In the Colne Valley more than £3.3m will be lost from school budgets by 2019/20. This could lead to a reduction of 75 teachers across the constituency.
Mrs Walker, a member of the Education Select Committee, joined a day of action organised by the National Education Union (NEA), formerly the National Union of Teachers.
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