Dan always enjoys meeting with Ipswich and Suffolk’s young people and listening to their views and opinions. Last week Dan visited Westbourne Sports College and spoke with Head Teacher Chris Edwards, before holding a lively Question and Answer session with students from the School Council. A number of topics were covered during his session with the Westbourne College students, including his work as both an MP and an NHS hospital doctor, whilst he was also asked about the opportunities that are available for young people in Ipswich and Suffolk. He outlined the action he has been taking to improve opportunities for young people in Ipswich by helping to secure funding for improvements at Whitton United Football Club, which is now a real focal point of the local community in North-West Ipswich. It was an enjoyable session and all of the students were a real credit to their teacher, Ashley Hailstone.
Since being elected as the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dan has worked closely with Head Teacher Chris Edwards to fight for much-needed funding from Suffolk County Council for vital building improvements at Westbourne. For years, the buildings at Westbourne have not been fit for purpose. Although still awaiting the official announcement, Dan is delighted to have helped gain funding for a purpose built ‘new build’ kitchen and dining facilities as well as social spaces for students and some additional car parking at the school. The council has also committed to funding essential refurbishment works at the school over the next three years. Modern buildings fit for the 21st century are the very least that the hard working teachers and students at Westbourne Sports College deserve, and Dan looks forward to following the school’s progress in the months ahead.
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Written Answers — Department for Education: Pupils: Per Capita Costs (18 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding per pupil has been allocated to schools in Suffolk in each year since 2009.
Homelessness among Refugees — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (17 Jul 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing today’s debate. It must have struck all of us in the Chamber that any of the challenges she has outlined that refugees face in beginning to engage with life in the UK—whether it be opening a bank account, getting a national insurance number or accessing appropriate healthcare—would be difficult for a British citizen to do within a...