Last year the Government announced plans to end the historical postcode lottery in school funding, by introducing a new national funding formula from 2018/19.
This new formula will ensure that children with similar characteristics and similar needs attract similar levels of funding regardless of where their families happen to live.
These proposals are currently subject to an ongoing public consultation which I would urge parents and schools to contribute to.
Whilst the majority of our schools here in Erewash will benefit from these changes, I am aware that there are some discrepancies.
I have therefore raised my concerns with the Secretary of State for Education and I am working closely with headteachers of the schools concerned to make sure we get a positive outcome for every student once the final proposals are published.
We have great schools in Ilkeston and they deserve the support of the whole community.
In January I was delighted to be able to confirm that Sunday, April 2, 2017, will be the historic day when Ilkeston’s new railway station finally opens to the public.
Since then I have been asked by local residents about the timetable that will run to and from the station.
I am currently making enquires with both East Midlands Trains and the main service provider Northern Rail, and once I have received further details I will of course share them with the readers of the ‘Tiser.
This project, which was made possible because of a £6.6 million Government infrastructure investment package administered through the New Stations Fund, as well as transforming the way local people travel, will undoubtedly give a significant boost to the local economy and attract new businesses to the area.
Recently I have been made aware of a number of instances of gang-related anti-social behaviour taking place in the local area.
I have taken immediate action to address this issue by personally speaking to the local police about the concerns that have been raised and assured them of my full support in tackling these crimes and keeping our streets safe.
This has been a deeply distressing time for some in our community and I would urge residents to remain vigilant.
I would also remind residents that for serious anti-social behaviour problems, they can call the local police on the non-emergency 101 number or The Erewash Community Safety Partnership on 0115 907 2244.
In an emergency please always dial 999.
I can be contacted by post at Unit 2, The Old Co-Op, South Street, Ilkeston DE7 5SG, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 0115 930 0521.
Residents are also welcome to visit my community office at the above address. Alternatively surgery appointments can be made by contacting my office – I hold help and advice surgeries on Fridays and Saturdays on a regular basis.