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Home Office blunders were today discussed in Westminster as furious MPs demanded an apology after the government used the wrong data to calculate police funding allocations.

Cambridgeshire Police force has been revealed as one of the big losers and will be a massive £3.4 million worse off.

The Home Office admitted on Friday, the final day of a twice extended consultation on the police funding formula, that they had been using the wrong data.

This mistake means that Cambridgeshire police force will unexpectedly receive £3.4 million less funding and that their financial plans for the next financial year will also have been based on incorrect funding figures. In addition, it is currently unknown what the overall funding for police will be in the 2016/2017 year.

 

Home Office incompetence leaves Cambridgeshire cops out of pocket

Home Office blunders were today discussed in Westminster as furious MPs demanded an apology after the government used the wrong data to calculate police funding allocations. Cambridgeshire Police force has... Read more

The Science and Technology Committee report on the Science Budget was published today.

A key conclusion is that innovation grants – rather than loans – should continue to be used as a key policy tool. 

This has been a hot topic in Cambridge with many small to mid-sized high tech companies warning that a significant loan on their books would make them technically insolvent and stop products getting to market.

Science Budget Reports - Daniel Zeichner responds

The Science and Technology Committee report on the Science Budget was published today. A key conclusion is that innovation grants – rather than loans – should continue to be used... Read more

amira.jpgAmira Haque (20) from Kings Hedges Road has been crowned the overall winner of the Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year awards (YOPEY) which took place last night.

KINGS HEDGES CAMPAIGNER WINS CAMBRIDGESHIRE YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Amira Haque (20) from Kings Hedges Road has been crowned the overall winner of the Cambridgeshire Young People of the Year awards (YOPEY) which took place last night. Read more

David Cameron promised a ‘cycling revolution’ yet has repeatedly failed to give cycling the attention it deserves. We really need to see a long-term vision for cycling in this country, finally putting cyclists on the same footing as motorists and making this mode of transport safer and more accessible.

The recent news that the Government’s promised Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy will now be delayed until the spring is yet another blow for cyclists in this country. This isn’t walking pace, it’s a snail’s pace, and it’s simply unacceptable. Ahead of the Spending Review this month we would advise the Government to think long and hard before financially side-lining cyclists once again.

Snail's Pace

David Cameron promised a ‘cycling revolution’ yet has repeatedly failed to give cycling the attention it deserves. We really need to see a long-term vision for cycling in this country,...

Please help me put Cambridgeshire's chronic long-term schools' underfunding under the spotlight.

Despite a top-up last year, Cambridgeshire still languishes in the bottom 20 worst funded areas, receiving just £4261 per pupil compared to schools in the best funded areas which are given on average £6,297 per-pupil.

The existing school funding model is arbitrary and unfair. As a result, schools around the country that are similar can get very different budgets and children with the same needs can receive very different levels of financial support depending on where they go to school.

Please sign the presenting I will be presenting to Parliament later this month.

http://www.danielzeichner.co.uk/fair_school_funding_campaign

UNFAIR SCHOOL FUNDING

Please help me put Cambridgeshire's chronic long-term schools' underfunding under the spotlight. Despite a top-up last year, Cambridgeshire still languishes in the bottom 20 worst funded areas, receiving just £4261... Read more

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Traders, residents, Daniel Zeichner MP, Piero D’Angelico, Chair of the Mill Road Traders' Association, local councillors and Franny Ritchie, Mill Road Coordinator gathered on Mill Road today a big push for votes for Mill Road which is a finalist in the Great British High Street Competition 2015.

They will walked down Mill Road and the surrounding streets delivering a "Vote Mill Road" posters to businesses and households.

Mill Road needs your votes!

Traders, residents, Daniel Zeichner MP, Piero D’Angelico, Chair of the Mill Road Traders' Association, local councillors and Franny Ritchie, Mill Road Coordinator gathered on Mill Road today a big push for votes for Mill Road which is a finalist... Read more

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Daniel Zeichner MP attended a cross-party event at the House of Commons, organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to help spread the word about pancreatic cancer ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness month.

There were nearly 8,800 new cases of pancreatic cancer diagnosed across the UK in 2013, 959 of whom live in the East of England. Tragically, only four per cent of patients live for five years or more after diagnosis. In addition to learning about these dreadful survival rates, Daniel heard about the need for earlier diagnosis, more research funding and better access to new treatments for the disease, as well as the work being done by Pancreatic Cancer UK to fund its own research and provide support for patients and their families around the country.

Daniel Zeichner MP was joined by patients and family members of those affected by pancreatic cancer, as well as specialist nurses and representatives from Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK and currently has the lowest survival rate of all the 21 common cancers. One person dies every hour of the disease, and it is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the fourth most common cancer killer.

Daniel said: “It was a pleasure to attend this event organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to learn more about the work of the charity and the support and research it funds. Sadly, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer speaks for itself. I know there are many people within my constituency who have been touched by pancreatic cancer and we need to do more to improve awareness of the disease, its signs and symptoms, and do more to radically improve the shockingly low survival rates. That’s why I’m supporting the charity and its Purple Lights for Hope campaign as part of pancreatic cancer awareness month this November.”

Daniel Zeichner MP supports Pancreatic Cancer UK ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness month

Daniel Zeichner MP attended a cross-party event at the House of Commons, organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to help spread the word about pancreatic cancer ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness... Read more

Cambridgeshire County Council is today outlining its budget proposals for the authority, commenting, Daniel Zeichner MP said:

COLOSSAL, CRUEL COUNTY COUNCIL CUTS

Cambridgeshire County Council is today outlining its budget proposals for the authority, commenting, Daniel Zeichner MP said: Read more

This is a tale of two bus stops. They are both in my city of Cambridge, but they could be anywhere, because the same problems can be found all over the country. Our bus system isn’t delivering the 21st century transport solutions we need – which is why, very slowly and cautiously, even the current Government is finally having to admit that something has to change. Before the election, Labour promised the biggest shake-up in the bus industry in years. To the astonishment of a puzzled bus industry who thought they had seen off what they saw as a threat, it may still be coming, and Labour will be pressing to ensure that reform is up to the challenge we face.

But back to those bus stops. One has many passengers – but no buses. The other has buses, but few passengers.

On a traditional council estate which used to have a bus service running through, there are still bus stops and shelters, and passengers who want to use the bus, but there’s no bus. Why? The bus company doesn’t want to divert through the estate to pick up pensioners, with their bus passes, who need to go shopping or to medical appointments. Despite petitions and protests, there is nothing that councillors or anyone else can do. The bus company which is effectively a monopoly operator helpfully point out that there is nothing stopping anyone else setting up a bus company… other than a few million quid, of course!

A tale of two bus stops

This is a tale of two bus stops. They are both in my city of Cambridge, but they could be anywhere, because the same problems can be found all over... Read more

Daniel Zeichner MP met Victorian chimney sweeps and miners to show his support for Christian’s Aid’s Big Shift campaign – which aims to make coal burning history.

With momentum towards a low-carbon economy growing around the world, the campaign urges the UK Government to publish a concrete plan to phase out coal power without carbon capture technology from the UK power sector by 2023.

DANIEL ZEICHNER MP STEPS BACK IN TIME TO MAKE COAL HISTORY

Daniel Zeichner MP met Victorian chimney sweeps and miners to show his support for Christian’s Aid’s Big Shift campaign – which aims to make coal burning history. With momentum towards a... Read more

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