This blog is aimed at the supporters of the Save Grassroots Football campaign. The campaign was launched in 2013 with the idea of encouraging the Government to secure a serious commitment from the Premier League to fund grassroots football.
You can find out more about the campaign here but I want to highlight an important way that you can help make the case for this change.
The Government have launched a public consultation to help develop their future strategies for sport. The document covers a wide range of topics, so whatever your interests are in the world of sport there’s plenty of ways to get involved and try to influence the Government’s plans. You don’t have to answer every question or respond to every point in the document, just the things that matter to you.
You can find all the information on the consultation here.
If you are a supporter of the Save Grassroots Football campaign and you want to help, please take a look at section 4 - Financial Sustainability. This is the part of the document which looks at the issues that we have been talking about and it is an ideal opportunity for members of the public to express their support.
I will be responding myself, but I want the Government to hear from the people involved with grassroots football and whose children or grandchildren have experiences of grassroots football. If football in your area has taken a step back in the last few years, explain how, if you see the need for investment explain why you think it is important.
I am sure that any examples from the world of grassroots football that show why a new settlement is needed will help make a difference. Let’s show what a difference this money would make to the next generation.
The consultation closes on 2nd October. Please share this information as much as you can and encourage people to take part.
- We want a firm commitment that the Premier League will give a share of TV broadcasting rights to grassroots football. A levy must be considered because the Premier League have shown they won’t do this voluntarily.
- This should include any International broadcasting deals.
- This is needed to give the sport the support it needs and a clear funding base
- If you have personal experiences, please share them
- You don’t have to answer every question in the consultation
- You can even send in a response via email to email@example.com
This blog is aimed at the supporters of the Save Grassroots Football campaign. The campaign was launched in 2013 with the idea of encouraging the Government to secure a...
What are our expectations of our police service, and do they match up with reality? I’ve seen several stories lately that make me worried for the future of local policing. I’ll be raising questions with the Government when Parliament is back in session, but I wanted some feedback from local residents before I do.
A recent report by The Independent Police Complaints Commission - “Policing for a Better Britain” said that the number one priority for the public is: “A service that takes action – responsive, approachable, coming out quickly when called to incidents, acting on, following up and feeding back on progress to members of the public when they report crime and antisocial behaviour.”
Despite this Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs' Council, recently said that the public should no longer expect police officers to turn up at their door if they are burgled because the changing nature of crime means that issues like sexual offences, terrorism and cyber-crime need to be focused on.
There was also a recent story about a trial by Leicestershire police to only investigate reported attempted burglaries at even-numbered homes.
My constituents want better than this and, frankly, they deserve better than this. I accept that traditional crimes like burglaries and car break-ins are reducing, but this should make it easier not harder to call in on victims of these crimes and investigate their concerns.
The number of people contacting me about anti-social behaviour issues because they feel nobody is listening is on the rise. There’s also been a number of stories in the local press about armed raids on shops in the middle of the day. People want assurance that the police will be there when they are needed and those who break the law will be brought to justice.
The situation does not look like it will improve when we look to the future. Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd has contacted me with worries about the way that the police are funded by the Government.
Since 2010 more than 1,500 police officers have been lost in Greater Manchester as a result of cuts - reducing from 8,100 to less than 6,600. Bolton alone has 136 fewer police officers.
The Home Office are suggesting changes to the funding formula for policing that could see Greater Manchester lose even more money. We could lose between 1,060 and 1,560 officers.
With the numbers of police officers cut back so drastically, how can we expect the service to improve? Do we just have to accept that police won’t come when we call for help unless it’s the most serious of crimes? I think it’s time for the Government to come clean on their plans to fund policing in the coming years and what sort of service this will actually give us.
What’s your expectation of our police? Have you any experience of them recently and did they help as you’d hoped? Is a change of focus from burglaries to more serious crimes something that you support? Let me know what you think.
After posting my blog about the police service yesterday I saw an article in the Bolton News which I think is relevent to this discussion. It contains extracts of a letter from Greater Manchester's chief constable outlining the impact of the cuts on the police. Whatever you think of the particular case involved, I think his words say a lot about how the police are being forced to choose between different activities because they no longer have the resources or officers needed to do everything that we would expect.
What are our expectations of our police service, and do they match up with reality? I’ve seen several stories lately that make me worried for the future of local policing....
Today The Football Association have announced that they will invest a record £260m into the grassroots game over the next four years.
It is a £60m increase on the funding allotted for the previous four-year period, which ended this summer, so an extra £15m per year.
I welcome this increase and I hope that it will be well targeted to make sure as many children can access football as possible. However, this is just a small change and in isolation it is not going to address the huge problems facing grassroots football.
Local Councils continue to be drained of their resources, inevitably leading to reduced support for sports facilities and activities across the country. Teams and leagues are closing and some families are being priced out of the game. This is not sustainable without a major realignment to get the sport back on solid ground.
Today’s decision once again highlights the importance of the Save Grassroots Football campaign, which asks the Premier League to give more money back to the grassroots. I will continue to pressure the Government to take action and deliver a new settlement which will protect football for the next generation.
Today The Football Association have announced that they will invest a record £260m into the grassroots game over the next four years.It is a £60m increase on the funding allotted...