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My Important Pages

by Mark Wilkes on October 6, 2014

Links to various pages on my website:

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Fighting for advice services

by Mark Wilkes on October 24, 2014

I am currently fighting to protect council funding for advice services. The Council has asked the CAB to work up proposals which would see it facing £150,000 of cuts to its funding from the Council. Council reserves rose to over £100million this year – food for thought!!

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The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Community Roadshow is outside Homebase on Tuesday 28th and Wed 29th from 10am to 4pm. You can get personal advice as well as find out about understanding dementia and the importance of early diagnosis.  

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by Mark Wilkes on October 22, 2014

A quick reminder. If your total household income is less than £16000 a year you may be eligible for a £140 discount off your electricity bill this winter. Call your energy company and ask them if you are eligible for the WARM HOMES DISCOUNT. This was introduced by the Lib Dems in government to help […]

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Severe Weather Warning

by Mark Wilkes on October 20, 2014

The met office has issued a serve weather warning for tonight/tomorrow. You can find more information at: If you notice any blocked road or pavement drains in the next day or two please let us know so we can get them reported through the Council system. Alternatively email and copy me in to […]

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Residents living near the new Trinity School construction site at Aykley Heads have had to deal with continuous problems with the construction of the new building since the work started last year. Last week I chaired a meeting with residents and council officers to make sure that concerns were fully heard and to identify areas […]

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State pension set to rise by 2.5 per cent next year

by Mark Wilkes on October 15, 2014

Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee. Figures out today (14 October) show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5 per cent next year. The Triple Lock guarantee means that pensions will […]

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I have been trying to get updates from various places on the plans for Newton Hall Post Office. The first thing to say is that the consultation process is still running behind the scenes. The national CAB / Consumer Futures who analyse the consultation data have confirmed to me that following our representations they are […]

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Out and about in Framwellgate Moor

by Mark Wilkes on October 12, 2014

I was out for several hours yesterday delivering leaflets and talking to residents with our parliamentary campaigner Craig Martin. We covered a big part of Framwellgate Moor and I was able to pick up on various concerns ranging from housing to footpath repairs. If anyone has any specific local concerns at the moment please get […]

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by Mark Wilkes on October 10, 2014

Some of the speeches at the Lib Dem conference were really inspirational. You can view them on the Lib Dem website I am certain after being in Glasgow that with the Tories shifting to the right to try and appeal to UKIP voters and Labour lost without any understanding of how to run the economy, […]

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Today, October 10 marks World Mental Health Day 2014, a global celebration of mental health education and awareness – tackling the stigma surrounding mental health. Research shows that one in four people will suffer from mental health problems at some point in their lives. Back our campaign to help us stamp out stigma attached to […]

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