Yesterday I set out the Autumn Statement and my message is clear: our long-term economic plan is working, but the job is not yet done.
We are working through the plan to secure a responsible recovery for all.
Thanks to the sacrifice and endeavour of the British people, the economy is recovering.
The deficit is down, debt will fall sooner, businesses have created 1.4 million new jobs, and the growth forecast for this year has more than doubled.
- We have been able to offer a £1,000 discount in business rates to shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs as part of a wider programme of help for the high street and support for businesses.
- We have been able to freeze fuel duty, to get energy bills down, and to freeze rail fare rises.
- As part of a youth package, we have been able to abolish the jobs tax for employers hiring people under 21. There will be a university place for anyone with the right grades, and through our welfare reforms we are giving young people the skills they need to succeed.
- We are also recognising marriage in the tax system.
The single biggest risk to the recovery comes from the Labour Party who call for us to abandon our plan, to borrow more and to spend more. That is exactly what got us into this mess.
But there is still more to do. We need to keep on working through the plan. That is why we are legislating to cap welfare, making sure we fix the roof when the sun is shining by running a surplus and keeping public spending under control.
Please note the road works in the Upper Brighton Road outside the Royal
Star & Garter Home are now scheduled to last until 13th December 2013.
We are grateful to Southborough RA for the following information:-
There has been some flooding on the road to the front of The Royal Star & Garter Home. It is thought that this is as a result of tree roots encroaching the Thames Water network. Thames Water will have to carry out vital water works outside The Royal Star & Garter Home. Work will commence on Monday 25th November and is expected to last five days. Working hours will be 08.00-17.00hrs Monday to Friday. There will be traffic restrictions to Upper Brighton Road and vehicles leaving the Home will have to turn right to the roundabout.
Back in July, I said I wanted to do more to protect our children online: a personal mission for me.
In the summer, we took some important steps to help parents. Internet service providers agreed to introduce family friendly filters, which are installed automatically in the home unless a parent chooses otherwise, and stop children from looking at inappropriate material online.
But when it came to stopping people accessing child abuse images and videos through internet searches, the search engine companies said that nothing could be done.
I refused to accept that.
Over the past few months we’ve worked closely with Google and Microsoft – and we’ve made important progress.
Today they have set out a number of measures to block child abuse images and videos. No illegal child abuse material will be returned for 100,000 search terms.
This is encouraging – but if the internet companies don’t continue to make progress I will not hesitate to take further action. We will do all that’s necessary to protect our children.
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Highlights for the rest of November :
- Thu 14 – Sat 16 Nov : Upstage present ” The Hound of the Baskervilles “
- Sun 17 Nov : Film Club screenings
- Tu 19 Nov : Visual arts : gala for Katrin Feldhaus exhibition Middle Axis
- Sat 23 November : Crafty Afty
- Tu 26 – Wed 27 November : Kingston Junior Drama present ” Paradise” and “The Fairyland Trials “
Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November : Suspense, terror and a dash of humour come together in cH stalwarts Upstage production of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Their take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic thriller sees Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson in one of their most spine-chilling cases. While the Hound howls and strange lights signal across the moor, can the pair solve this seemingly ‘supernatural’ mystery with only facts and deduction to guide them? For tickets, which are £9 (£7 conc.) phone Rosemary Barett on 020 8390 9113 or 0796 3951901 or email email@example.com
Sunday 17 November : two more stunning movies for Film Club members
Tuesday 19 November : The gala night for Katrin Feldhus’ latest exhibition Middle Axis which features paintings (oil pastels on paper or canvas, and pen on paper) by the Kingston artist. Katrin also exhibits poems on mixed media. “The exhibition is my experimental voice. Some of my art, not all, directly expresses the experience of violence and injustice, such as ‘Innocence’, ‘Dreaming’ and ‘Irony’. Other paintings are inspired by shapes, events, emotions and dreams. ” Katrin said she has had fun creating the exhibition and hopes gallery-goers will have fun viewing it. The exhibition might also inspire people to show their own voice, in whatever shape or form, she added.
Everyone is welcome to the gala night which runs from 7-9pm to see Katrin’s work and hear about what inspires her.
Saturday 23 November : Crafty Afty. The chance to practice and develop your crafting in a supportive group. Nothing too organised – just an opportunity to come and spend a few hours in the company of like-minded creative grown ups. Bring whatever project you’re working on, or want to start. All forms of artistry welcome, whether it’s papier mache, patchwork, photography, drawing, jewellery-making, knitting, painting, cards making – anything. If you need space to spread out there’s lots. There’ll be home-made cake and tea available, too. Runs from 1-5pm
Tuesday, November 26 (8pm ) and Wednesday, November 27 ( 7.30pm ) : Kingston Junior Drama Company will be presenting a double-bill of Paradise and The Fairyland Trials.
Paradise was the first play ever produced by the drama company back in 2007. However, this time, the staging will be very different. Both shows will be played in the auditorium area, among the audience, with the house lights on. Paradise tells the story of a group of Victorian children who become shipwrecked on an island. As events unfold, it becomes clear that nothing is quite as it seems. The other play is The Fairyland Trials, a short comedy, played out by fairy-tale characters. It atires the impact on children of decisions made in the courtroom. Tickets are £3 to members of KJDC and £4 to others. Seating will be limited for this production due to the nature of the staging. Ticket reservations can be made by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you help us be a better arts centre ?
We are always keen to receive offers of assistance in running the cornerHOUSE, especially for front-of-house at the public events. Whether it is working in the box office, behind the bar or in the auditorium, your assistance would be invaluable to us.
If you can offer assistance in any way please let us know : e-mail us at email@example.com
London’s Conservative Deputy Mayor visited Kingston Town Centre last week to review how well Lib Dem leader Cllr Liz Green is implementing Tory policies to make us the safest borough in London, following a disastrous track record of problems in our town’s night club district.
Kingston’s Conservatives, working as part of the Safer Kingston Partnership, have helped deliver a 12.5% cut in crime this year alone. The Safer Kingston Partnership includes the council and emergency services, who work alongside businesses and voluntary organisations to reduce crime across Kingston and Surbiton.
“We’ve worked hard with residents and businesses over many years to force through changes which ensure crime remains low and keeps going down year on year.
“We are especially pleased to see the policies we have campaigned for are being adopted by the Lib-Dem led Council. Imposing restrictions on anti-social behavior and consumption of alcohol in ‘hot spots’ are at long last being introduced.
“London’s Conservative Mayor is determined to improve the efficiency of our police services, so we can see more police on the streets and less behind desks.
“Only the Conservatives in Kingston can be trusted to remain committed to delivering the safest borough in London.”