Sunday, 23 June 2013

My week ahead 24 - 30 June 2013

Monday 24 June – 10am, 'Raising the Flag' at Grafton House, for Armed Forces Day
6pm, Labour Group meeting

Tuesday 25 June – 5pm, Sidegate School, Full Governing Body Meeting

Wednesday 26 June – 9am – LGA Leadership Academy – Transforming the delivery of sport in local communities

Thursday 27 June – 9am – LGA Leadership Academy course continues
7pm, Meeting to discuss rise of fascism in this country and what we can do in Ipswich to stop it

Friday 28 June – 10am, Meeting with County Council officers about the expansion of Rushmere Hall Primary School

Saturday 29 June - 10am, Labour campaigning, North West Ipswich

Another busy week and it also includes two days away from home. I am privileged to have been invited to attend a Local Government Association Leadership Academy, which is looking at the delivery of sport into local communities. As a big fan of all sports and knowing what sport can offer participants – health, teamwork, self-confidence – I am keen that Ipswich continues to provide sports opportunities for all our community. This task is made even harder as we face savage cuts from the Tory Government. This was highlighted even further this week with Eric Pickles seeming to very keen to make a quick settlement with the chancellor – a further 10% cut to LGA funding!

The key to providing great sports facilities and events is working with the national sporting bodies and other partners such as Suffolk County Council. This is what has happened when it comes to being able to host elite cycling events in the town. How keen the Tory County will be to help in the future will be a worry as they face a 10% cut to their funding and having already promised residents that there will be no council tax rise for the next 4 years.

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