Unemployment figures continue to fall in Carshalton and Wallington

Tom Brake MP has welcomed this week’s news that Jobseeker’s Allowance figures for Carshalton and Wallington have fallen to just 1.9%.

This represents a rate of 1.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 in Carshalton and Wallington, the 431st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. With 1st equalling the highest rate of unemployment and 650th representing the lowest rate of unemployment, this week’s figures show Carshalton and Wallington close to the bottom third in unemployment in the UK.

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Good news tinged with sadness

Residents living at Crownbourne Court in central Sutton are celebrating the news that the Sutton Housing Partnership (SHP) has agreed to install new windows before next winter.  However, the celebrations were tinged with sadness after the recent death of resident Grace Henderson, who had contacted local MP, Paul Burstow, about the state of the windows.

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Workers in Sutton set to benefit from record minimum wage increase

Two-thousand eight-hundred people in Sutton will see a boost to their pay packet from October this year, thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

The National Minimum Wage is set to rise by 3 per cent, which means workers will get a new rate of £6.70 an hour.  It is the largest real-terms increase in the National Minimum Wage since 2008, and over 1.4 million UK workers are set to benefit.

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Tom takes time for questions from sixth form students

With the General Election less than two months away, Tom Brake MP attended a Question Time-style debate held by St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls for the prospective parliamentary candidates for Carshalton and Wallington.

The event handed students the opportunity to hear their Lib Dem MP and other candidates discuss the most important issues facing both the constituency and the wider UK.

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Cygnet launch leads the way for new social enterprises in Sutton

Sutton’s successful local business community has been joined by the very first social enterprise company to be created by former borough council staff.

Cygnet IT Services is Sutton’s first Community Interest Company (CIC) and has been started by the borough’s former education IT team.

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Official praise for Sutton's children’s services for work with vulnerable children

Sutton's Liberal Democrat Council has been singled out for praise in a new government report for its work to protect vulnerable children.

A national Ofsted report reviewing leadership in England’s children’s services, highlighted the efforts of the council’s senior children’s social work team and the way they work with children in care.

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Local groups, residents urged to help spruce up Sutton this Saturday as part of country’s first ever national clear up day

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat Council is calling on its residents to get involved in the country’s first ever Community Clear Up Day this Saturday, 21 March.

The council will support any volunteer group or resident willing to help clear their local area by providing litter picking tools, rubbish sacks and gloves. All bagged rubbish will then be collected.

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Residents encouraged to share stories of life in the borough since 1965

Sutton residents are being encouraged to share their memories of the borough in the 1960s to help celebrate its 50th anniversary.  

Sutton’s Liberal Democrat council is looking for local people to take part in a short film to record Sutton’s past for future generations.

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Praise for Sutton Council’s customer service

Sutton’s award-winning Liberal Democrat council has scored high praise for the customer service it provides for its residents, including its campaign to involve them in planning future services.

The council has been awarded the Customer Service Excellence standard, which is monitored by the Cabinet Office, following a visit by inspectors in February.

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New strategy to reduce domestic violence in Sutton

A new strategy to reduce domestic violence, which accounts for up to 40% of Sutton's violent crime, has been launched by the Safer Sutton Partnership Service, which manages the borough's community safety services.

The action plan builds on the successes of the borough's Domestic Violence One Stop Shop and a 25% fall in the number of repeat victims over the last four years.

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