There's a meeting today in Dorchester called by Public First which will allow members of the public their say about a Unitary Council in Dorset. In 2013, film maker Robert Golden interviewed Ros, our parliamentary candidates, as part of his democracy project. He's kindly allowed us to use this clip of film which is about what's wrong with local government (click on the link below). Ros will be speaking - but it's more a meeting about listening. 7.30 Dorchester Corn Exchange - please come if you can.
What's wrong with local politics?
Since September 2014 40% more 2-year-olds have been entitled to 15 free hours of free early education per week - up from 20% the previous year.
Giving a helping hand to families that need it most will mean thousands more children get a brighter start in life. All the evidence shows that if you compare two 5-year-olds hanging up their coats next to each other on the first day of school, the poorer child will already be behind their better off classmate before a single lesson has been taught.
A proposal has been set out which would see all 16-21 year olds would be given a Young Person’s Bus Pass. It would help young people with the cost of travel by offering a minimum two thirds discount on bus travel in England. Bus companies would then be able to add their own discounts on top of that.
1.3m schoolchildren across England are now enjoying a free school lunch thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.
Figures out earlier this month show that the policy has had a very high uptake in its first three months, with a total of more than 1.6m children enjoying a school meal every lunchtime.
Many girls still believe that some science subjects are not for them - almost half of all state-schools had no girls taking A-level physics in recent years, this is further reflected in choices of university degree. Campaigners have suggested that this is in part because the future aspirations of girls and boys are set at a very early age.
Record number of disadvantaged students getting university places, according to a UCAS report released today, disadvantaged young people are over 10% more likely to enter higher education than they were a year ago.
As the number of university entrants passed 500,000 for the first time this year, the gap between the most advantaged and the most disadvantaged students is at its lowest.