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Chalk hails courts charge climbdown

Alex Chalk MP has welcomed the decision of the Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, to scrap the criminal courts charge.  The controversial charge, launched by the then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, requires convicted criminals in England and Wales to pay a charge of between £150 and £1,200 towards the cost of their case. 

Chalk presents fair funding petition to Parliament

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has this week presented his petition calling on the Government to introduce a fairer funding formula for Cheltenham's schools. The petition, which was signed by over one thousand local teachers, parents and governors, increases the pressure on the Government to take swift action to end the historic funding shortfall affecting Cheltenham pupils. 

Chalk becomes a Meningitis Now Futures Builder

Cheltenham’s MP, Alex Chalk, has this week signed up to support the fight against meningitis by becoming a Meningitis Now Futures Builder. In becoming a Futures Builder, Mr Chalk joins parliamentary colleagues across the UK in a bid to rid the country of this devastating disease. He has committed to supporting Meningitis Now in its drive to raise awareness and support local people and their communities where there have been cases of meningitis.

Chalk welcomes schools funding breakthrough in Comprehensive Spending Review

Cheltenham’s MP, Alex Chalk, has welcomed the Chancellor’s commitment to introduce fair school funding as part of today’s Comprehensive Spending Review.  A new funding formula will set a national rate that every school will receive for each pupil, with additional funding for those with extra needs. 

Chalk pledges support for more inclusive travel

Cheltenham’s MP, Alex Chalk, has this week pledged his support for a new national campaign calling for more accessible travel and transport for young wheelchair users. Mr Chalk’s intervention follows the release of a report by disabled children’s charity Whizz-Kidz, which found 70% of wheelchair users and their families and carers are not able to travel as independently as they would like to and over 65% do not feel confident enough to use public transport.

Cheltenham lights up blue for World Diabetes Day

Two of Cheltenham's most iconic landmarks will light up in blue this Saturday (14 November) to raise awareness for World Diabetes Day.Following a request from the town's MP, Alex Chalk, The Cheltenham Trust, who manage Cheltenham's cultural venues, have agreed to light up Leisure at Cheltenham and Cheltenham Town Hall to recognise this rapidly growing public health concern.

Chalk calls for more accessible disabled toilet facilities in Cheltenham

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, is leading the campaign for more accessible toilet facilities in the town. He has described the need to improve access to facilities as a 'moral imperative'.Mr Chalk has taken his campaign to the very top, by raising the issue in Parliament last week. Questioning the Minister for Communities and Local Government, he highlighted both the moral need to make disabled toilets more accessible, as well as the business case, with better facilities encouraging more people to visit the town.

Cheltenham's MP hails town as a 'cultural powerhouse' in Parliament

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has heaped praise on the town's cultural institutions during a speech in Parliament. Seizing the opportunity to promote Cheltenham's iconic theatres, the Playhouse and the Everyman, he asked the Culture Minister Ed Vaizey what the Government ''are doing to support cultural hubs, such as Cheltenham's Everyman and Playhouse theatres, which are so important for the town's cultural offer and its economy during the rest of the year?''