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Pre budget report, Christmas bazaar and domestic violence.....
Pre Budget Report
I am sure you all know that Gordon Brown announced the Pre Budget Report last week. The overall story that the economy is generally in good shape I hope will not be news to the people of Putney. The report included some important and interesting new initiatives which I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight:
A ten year strategy for childcare, to achieve the Government's vision
of affordable, flexible, high-quality childcare for all parents who need
Domestic Violence Forum 2004
On 25 November I attended the launch of the Annual Report of the London Domestic Violence Forum 2004. This report gives details on how the GLA is doing in achieving its very worthwhile Domestic Violence Strategy.
Commenting on the report, Ken Livingstone said,
'Once again, there has been steady progress on the implementation of the London Domestic Violence Strategy. The past twelve months have seen significant changes at both a regional and local level resulting in greater cohesion of services for both victims and offenders... I commend the successes resulting from the hard work of the London Domestic Violence Forum in bringing about these changes.'
I commend the continued work of the Forum and all those organisations which work in London to combat the ongoing problem of domestic violence. Their work is even more important at this time of year which is always difficult for those with troubled family lives.
West End Taxi Rank
be interested to hear that Ken Livingstone has launched a pilot marshalled
taxi rank in London's West End as part of the Mayor's Safer Travel at
Night campaign. This is very welcome news and I would be interested to
hear Putney residents' views of the scheme if they use it.
Christmas plays and bazaars
Putney is - as usual - full of festive activity and I have been doing my best to attend as many events as possible around my parliamentary engagements. So far I have read the lesson at the 'Friends of Africa' Carol Service at St Stephen's Church, attended the Labour Party Christmas Bazaar, been to All Saints School and St Paul's Church Christmas fayres and listened to the excellent carol concert at Southlands College. I also went to the very innovative Sheringdale School production of the Adventures of Odysseus. May I congratulate everyone involved at all these events - all the hard work paid off!
December 10, 2004