Dan visited Westbourne Library in North-West Ipswich to see for himself the great work the staff do there for their community. Over 77,000 people visited Westbourne Library in 2009-2010. It is a great resource for the people of North West Ipswich and for surrounding villages like Claydon and Witnesham. Libraries are a hugely important part of our social fabric and provide a very valuable service, especially to the young and the elderly, the very groups we should be doing our best to protect in these difficult times.
Dan is uneasy about the County Council’s proposed closure of most Suffolk libraries, and particularly Westbourne Library in North-West Ipswich. Dan is a big supporter of the Government’s Big Society agenda, and community-run library services can work well. But he is not sure that the current community infrastructure in North-West Ipswich is strong enough to run a library. The County Council cannot cut and run in North-West Ipswich – we need Westbourne Library!
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Social Care Funding (17 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: My right hon. Friend is right to highlight the link between healthcare and social care. If we are to care properly for people with the long-term conditions he has outlined, we need to have a more joined-up and integrated system. It is hard to deliver that when we have a taxpayer-funded NHS and a social care system in which many people now have to pay for their own care. In looking for a...
Offensive Weapons Bill: Ipswich-London Rail Fares (15 Oct 2018)
Daniel Poulter: I thank my hon. Friend’s welcome news on capping rail fares, but does he not also agree that it is difficult for customers to disaggregate the cost of the fare—those in Ipswich are very high per mile by national standards—from reliability and speed of service? Despite the cost of tickets from Ipswich, reliability and speed of service have not improved over the years....