£250m deal will help safeguard local post offices

A crucial lifeline has been thrown to post offices in Mid Dorset and North Poole thanks to a major Government contract.

The deal, unveiled by Liberal Democrat pensions minister Steve Webb, offers support to disabled people and the elderly while also helping to protect the future of the post office network.

It guarantees until 2022 the future of the Post Office Card Account system which ensures people without a bank account can receive benefits and tax credits.

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Tory cuts could slash funding for local schools, colleges and nurseries by more than a quarter in Dorset and Poole research shows

Conservatives will cut the education budget by £120 million in Dorset and Poole by 2020 if they were in Government on their own, official research shows. The Tories would be forced to slash local spending on schools, colleges and nurseries to keep pace with George Osborne’s drastic spending cuts plan.

It means £83 million would be wiped off schools’ funding in Dorset and Poole – hitting children’s life chances.

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Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Dorset and Poole to receive £15.53 million boost

Disadvantaged primary school pupils in Dorset and Poole are set to receive £15.53 million (Dorset £11.19m; Poole £4.34m) to boost attainment, the Liberal Democrats have announced.

The pupil premium funding for 2015/16 will help teachers support those children at most risk of falling behind their colleagues.It means primary schools will receive £1,320 for every pupil who has registered for free school meals at any time in the last six years.

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Vikki discovers how Free School Meals are helping our children reach their potential

Watch Lib Dem candidate Vikki Slade find out how the Liberal Democrat policy for Free School Meals is helping our children to reach their full potential by visiting a school in Canford Heath.

 

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Vikki, Annette and the local Lib Dems answer questions on Wimborne Square

Annette Brooke MP and the Mid Dorset and North Poole Lib Dems hosted an event on Wimborne Square to introduce local residents to Prospective MP Vikki Slde.

Amongst discussions with local residents were the cuts to rural bus services, the future of the Allendale Community Centre and a petition to reduce the speed limit on Rushall Lane. Vikki and Annette also addressed wider issues such as the rising cost of living and the record breaking increase in the number of apprenticeships.

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