An LGBTQ anti-hate crime project which has involved schools and communities across the East Riding was celebrated at an event in Beverley attended by a Home Office minister.
The Right to Be project is an initiative led by children’s charity Barnardo’s in partnership with East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s youth and family support service, following a £48,000 award of funding from the Home Office Hate Crime Community Projects fund.
East Riding schools are set to benefit from a new National Funding Formula (NFF) in 2018 after years of campaigning by local MP, Graham Stuart. Graham founded the national Fair School Funding Campaign and organised a long series of Parliamentary events, debates, meetings and photo calls to highlight the issue and pressure the Government into action.
He has worked closely with local heads and the East Riding Council to demand a fairer system. The formula, which will come into effect from 2018, will give every local school a cash boost and provide a more transparent system for educational funding.
Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has today vowed to continue his campaign to save the community beds and Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) in Holderness, after the City Health Care Partnership announced that new admissions to the community beds at Withernsea Community Hospital will stop with immediate effect.
The twelve community beds, which cater for a range of patients including those in palliative and rehabilitative care, will no longer accept new patients after this latest blow to local residents.
Following the announcement by the East Riding of Yorkshire CCG in March 2016 that it had plans to close the MIU units in Hornsea and Withernsea, Graham Stuart MP, Member of Parliament for Beverley & Holderness launched a hard-hitting campaign to stop the CCG from closing MIU units in Hornsea and Withernsea, supported by the Hornsea League of Friends, the Withernsea and District Health Forum, and the Holderness Health Alliance.
The survey conducted by the CCG as part of its consultation found very limited public support for the package of proposals, despite a number of very leading questions. In Holderness 90% of people did not agree with the question asking whether they would be prepared to travel further to visit an Urgent Care Centre.
East Riding Councillor, Denis Healy, has launched a petition after figures reveal the devastating impact that the Government’s £3bn cuts to education funding will have on East Riding schools, including Longcroft School and Beverley High School.
Schools in the East Riding are bracing themselves for budget reductions of £14.9m in real terms by 2019, meaning an 8% cut in pupil funding, equivalent to 400 teachers’ jobs.