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Stephen talking to the media
  • Article: Feb 27, 2017

    Some of you may remember me flagging a few months ago that the government (then under the auspices of the un-lamented George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith) was changing the rules around the WRAG section of the ESA?

    Apologies for the acronyms but essentially WRAG is an additional work-related entitlement a disabled person gets, who may have been out of work for a long time, but are still actively seeking work.

  • Article: Feb 24, 2017

    A highly unusual demo took place outside Eastbourne Rail Station on Monday. Comprising reps from the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Best of Eastbourne and other business-people.

    Their simple point was:- it's time for the government to get 'everyone' around the negotiating table to sort the dispute which has been absolutely crippling for our town, and across the South East.

  • Article: Feb 16, 2017

    I heard yesterday that East Sussex had, once again, rejected Leanna's Appeal to receive transport payments so her son could continue to go to his college in Eastbourne.

    After the Local Government Ombudsman accepted their were concerns over the original appeal and that County should re-visit the issue, this second rejection is a real blow for the family.

  • Safety for Prison Staff
    Article: Feb 7, 2017

    I recently saw an absolutely shocking piece in the media detailing the number of assaults against prison staff over the last few years, and how it has got significantly worse. A female warden was being interviewed and she said, with feeling, that every day she went into work she was in fear of being assaulted.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2017

    Time now for the Government to ensure Southern Rail make the same 'no pre-conditions' negotiating offer to the RMT - Please see my interview with the Eastbourne Buzz below.

    If they do, I genuinely believe the end of this dispute could be in sight. If they don't....!