Archive for March, 2017

Am very pleased with my leaflets for my re-election to Norfolk County Council #Tom4Wroxham

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Avoid Green Lane West and the Wroxham Road. There has been a crash on Stone Hill. Blocking Wroxham to Norwich side of the road. Long holdups. Police on scene and ambulance.

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Norfolk County Council has taken “decisive action” to speed up improvements in Children’s Services, according to inspectors. In their most recent monitoring letter, Ofsted highlighted improvements in leadership and performance management and said the council had “wasted no time” in acting on the key messages from the previous monitoring visit. The letter followed a two-day visit at the beginning of March – part of ongoing monitoring of services for children and young people in the county. Inspectors highlighted several significant areas of improvement, including in support for foster carers and for those leaving care. Inspectors also noted the good morale of staff and said social workers were doing some good work with children and young people, although the quality of planning and assessment remained very variable. The council, in its own self-assessment, recognises that services for children are not yet good enough. Ofsted’s letter confirms this but states that the council is “better placed than before to identify and address problem areas.” Ofsted’s visit took place in Great Yarmouth and looked specifically at: leadership and management; support for care leavers; looked after children and help and protection. Key improvements highlighted were: • A new, more confident and visible senior leadership team is providing a clear sense of purpose and direction. • Children and young people at high risk of sexual exploitation are now reviewed by the multi-agency sexual exploitation group at regular weekly intervals. • Action is being taken to ensure that foster carers feel valued and the children whom they care for are properly supported. • At the last inspection, in 2015, the council has lost contact with 25% of its care leavers. It is now in touch with 96% and inspectors found the quality of support continued to improve. • There has been a significant increase in the proportion of care leavers supported to remain engaged in education, employment or training. • For looked after children, there is a clearer focus on permanency planning. • Social workers are making better use of a range of tools to explore children’s wishes and feelings. • In Great Yarmouth, well-developed partnerships, an effective early help hub and good working relationships between the early help family focus team and children’s social care ensure that the help and support provided is responsive to the needs of children and families. However, inspectors said care leavers’ pathway plans were still not sufficiently challenging and that too many are in low skilled jobs. They also found that practice was still too variable for children in need of protection, with the quality of child protection planning not yet “good”.

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Great walk with #TeddyTheDog down the river and up the Bure Valley Railway this afternoon! #NorfolkSummer

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‪My thoughts & prayers are with the victims & their families of this atrocious terrorist attack. Evil will never defeat us #PrayForLondon‬

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Pity to see Enterprise Inns put The Bell Salhouse up for sale – let’s hope they find a buyer soon! http://ift.tt/2n3cA4m

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NDR Work Update – B1149 Holt Road closure The closure of Holt Road that was scheduled for 3-7 April (first week of school holidays) has been put back one week and reduced to four days, Monday 10th to Thursday 13th April. It is still in the school holiday, running up to the Good Friday start of the Easter public holiday. This is the closure that will leave Church Street as the only access in and out of Horsford to the south of the village.

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Pleased that the Government has done a U-turn on National Insurance Contributions

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This coming Thursday I’m launching “Toms Thursday Talking Points” Live on Facebook – to review politics locally and nationally. It’s live – so I’ll be able to respond to questions and comments. Join me this Thursday at 5:45pm for Toms Thursday Talking Points Live

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Coltishall residents: if you want a say in the future of our village then NOW really is the time to say it. Re: planning application 20170075 – 30 houses at Rectory Road You can email planning@broadland.gov.uk or write to Jayne Owen at Broadland District Planning Department. Include your name, address and the application number above. Everyone over 18 at your address can offer their opinion. **The deadline for this is 13th March** You can make a difference!

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