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Fight For The Wight: Song highlights IW’s plight

Isle of Wight County Press - August 1, 2016

A SONG designed to highlight the Island’s struggles and strengthen the Fight for the Wight campaign, is be released today (Monday).

The campaign was launched by the Isle of Wight County Press and IW Council in a bid to raise awareness of the cuts affecting IW public services and to encourage people to sign a petition to acknowledge the Island faces unique challenges and needs more government money.

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Sajid Javid replaces Greg Clark as Local Government and Communities minister

Isle of Wight County Press - July 14, 2016

FIGHT for the Wight campaigners have a new minister to convince when it comes to getting government recognition of the Isle of Wight's unique funding situation.

Sajid Javid MP has replaced Greg Clark as the Local Government and Communities minister in new prime minister Theresa May's cabinet.

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Fight for the Wight: 'Carry the battle to Westminster'

Isle of Wight County Press - June 25, 2016

THE SKIES were pretty black over the Island on Wednesday evening, ahead of the storms which battered us overnight.

But were they any gloomier than the pall that hung over the Wight in the wake of the visit of Greg Clark, secretary of state for government and communities?

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Fight for the Wight: Meeting to highlight Isle of Wight's budget crisis

Isle of Wight County Press - June 15, 2016

PEOPLE can find out more about Fight for the Wight at a public meeting on Saturday.

Isle of Wight County Press editor Alan Marriott will be speaking about the campaign at the Riverside Centre, Newport, at an event hosted by the Isle of Wight Society.

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Government minister Greg Clark to visit the Isle of Wight today

Isle of Wight County Press - June 14, 2016

GOVERNMENT minister Greg Clark is set to visit the Isle of Wight today (Tuesday) to meet Island MP Andrew Turner and Isle of Wight Council leaders to discuss the Island's financial crisis.

The visit by the Secretary of State for communities and local government follows an invitation and discussions between the council, MP and Whitehall about fears the Isle of Wight will not have enough money to deliver public services next year.

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Fight for the Wight: Another vital service at risk

Isle of Wight County Press - June 12, 2016

THE Isle of Wight's memory therapy service, which helps vulnerable people including those who suffer from dementia, could face severe cutbacks due to budget cuts.

Bosses at County Hall are looking to axe £48,000 from the service, jointly staffed by the Isle of Wight Council and the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, which could cost three-full time council jobs if the savings are agreed.

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Ryde backs battle to Fight for Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - June 5, 2016

BUSINESSES in Ryde are supporting the Fight for the Wight campaign.

Helping to drum up support in the town were chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Cllr Charles Chapman, and chairman of the economy and tourism select committee, Cllr Wayne Whittle.

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Fight for the Wight: Cowes joins the fight for funding

Isle of Wight County Press - May 16, 2016

BUSINESS owners in Cowes have voiced their fears for the future of the Isle of Wight as the financial turmoil continues.

Many businesses in the town have given their support to the Fight for the Wight campaign, urging government to reconsider how the Island is funded following massive cuts to its public services.

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Rapanui back Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - May 7, 2016

CLOTHING company Rapanui is backing Fight for the Wight.

It is calling on the government to do more to make the Island a place where young people can thrive.

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FBU warns of consequences of continued cuts on the Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - May 2, 2016

THE lives of Islanders and the Isle of Wight firefighters who protect them could be at risk if the government persists with cuts to front-line services and training.

That’s the warning from Spencer Cave, secretary of the Isle of Wight Fire Brigades Union. He was one of the first to sign up to the Fight for the Wight campaign.

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Sandown businesses backing Fight for the Wight campaign

Isle of Wight County Press - April 30, 2016

BUSINESSES in Sandown hope the Fight for the Wight campaign can persuade prime minister David Cameron to take action to encourage stayaway tourists to return.

Businesses have backed the campaign urging the government to reconsider how the Island is funded, following massive cuts to public services, such as beach cleaning, public toilets and lifeguards.

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Thousands turning to Isle of Wight Foodbank in crisis

Isle of Wight County Press - April 24, 2016

DESPITE a decrease in demand for the Isle of Wight Foodbank this year, it is still a crisis situation that 'must not become the new normal’, the Isle of Wight co-ordinator has warned.

Nationally foodbanks provided more than one million emergency supplies last year according to the latest figures published by national charity The Trussell Trust, which show foodbank use remains at record levels.

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Fight for the Wight: Jeremy Irons joins the fight

Isle of Wight County Press - April 22, 2016

'HORRIFIED’ by the impact of cuts on the Isle of Wight, Island-born actor Jeremy Irons has this week backed the Fight for the Wight Campaign — which has been signed by more than 6,500 people.

The Isle of Wight County Press contacted the multi-award winning actor in a bid to secure his support — highlighting the dire financial crisis which threatens vital public services on the Isle of Wight, his birthplace.

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Protesters take Fight for the Wight campaign to London

Isle of Wight County Press - April 18, 2016

PROTESTERS from the Isle of Wight joined tens of thousands of people at an anti-austerity march in central London.

Demonstrators descended on the capital on Saturday, waving banners and placards protesting the government's austerity measures and chanting 'no ifs, no buts, no public sector cuts'.

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Mark King joins Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - April 17, 2016

FIGHT for the Wight has struck a chord with rock star Mark King.

The Level 42 frontman has urged Isle of Wight residents to back the campaign after publicly pledging his support this week.

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Brading backing Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - April 16, 2016

BUSINESSES in Brading are backing the Fight for the Wight campaign.

Fourteen businesses signed up to Fight for the Wight after Sue Birch, chair of Brading Residents Action Group, rallied support in the area.

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Police Federation chair backs Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - April 14, 2016

WITH the Isle of Wight facing a funding crisis in social care, mental health provision and homelessness, the police are increasingly having to deal with society’s problems rather than concentrate on maintaining law and order, a leading police figure has said.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, has backed the Fight for the Wight campaign, warning officers on the Island are overstretched due to massive government cuts to the Hampshire Constabulary budget.

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Community groups back Fight for the Wight over fears for the vulnerable

Isle of Wight County Press - April 11, 2016

FURTHER funding cuts to services for elderly and vulnerable people would leave them with nowhere else to turn, charities have warned.

Community Action Isle of Wight, a support body for the Island’s voluntary sector, together with Age UK Isle of Wight, Carers IW, the Footprint Trust and My Time, which provides community mental health services, are among the latest organisations to back the Fight for the Wight campaign.

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Fight for the Wight: Road safety campaigner's fears over funding

Isle of Wight County Press - April 9, 2016

NEAL Staley, founder of road safety campaign Isle Drive Safe — Remember Evey, supports the Fight for the Wight campaign.

Neal, whose daughter ten-year-old Evey, was tragically killed by a drink and drug-impaired driver in a road accident, is fighting cuts to the road safety budget.

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Fight for the Wight featured by BBC

Isle of Wight County Press - April 8, 2016

THE Fight for the Wight campaign — calling for more funding for public services on the Island — has attracted national media attention.

Having already been featured in several media journals, the BBC’s flagship rural affairs programme Farming Today, on BBC Radio 4, picked up the story this week, featuring it on this morning’s show (Friday).

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‘Losing women’s refuge would have high cost’

Isle of Wight County Press - April 3, 2016

THE social and financial costs of closing a vital service for families fleeing domestic violence would be immeasurable, it has been warned.

As the IW Council stands on the brink of bankruptcy, the Isle of Wight Women’s Refuge is one of many services facing an uncertain future without extra government funding.

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Fight for the Wight backed by business association

Isle of Wight County Press - March 29, 2016

BUSINESSES in East Cowes have given their backing to the Fight for the Wight campaign, calling on government to increase funding for public services on the Isle of Wight..

East Cowes Business Association is the latest organisation to get behind the campaign, which has also attracted backing from the likes of the Isle of Wight Law Centre, East Cowes Town Council, Brading Residents Action Group, as well as thousands of individuals, businesses and politicians.

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Leading Isle of Wight businessman urges Islanders to back Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - March 25, 2016

BUSINESSMAN Graham Vanassche has pledged his support to the Fight for the Wight campaign to help highlight key issues.

Graham, managing director of Leslies Motor Group, said it was vital the Island secured more money from the government to protect jobs and services.

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Law Centre chair fears further funding cuts and signs up to Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - March 23, 2016

LAW Centre chairman Roger Craven has backed the Fight for the Wight campaign, warning the lifeline legal advice service could be closed if its funding was cut.

Unless the government agrees to provide more money for public services, the Isle of Wight Council will be left with little choice but to slash the Supporting People budget, which funds services for some of the Isle of Wight's most vulnerable people.

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UNISON members sign up to Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - March 14, 2016

PUBLIC sector workers on the Isle of Wight have added their voices to the Fight for the Wight campaign.

Around 60 Unison members who attended Thursday's AGM voted overwhelmingly to support the campaign, aimed at securing more government funding for the Island's public services.

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Fight for the Wight: 'The neglect of the Isle of Wight has gone on too long'

Isle of Wight County Press - March 13, 2016

MORE than 4,100 people have signed the Fight for the Wight petition, calling for more government funding for public services on the Island.

The campaign, which was launched a little over a week ago, has seen Islanders young and old, businesses big and small and politicians, come together to urge the government to help the Isle of Wight.

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Fight for the Wight: Q and A

Isle of Wight County Press - March 12, 2016

ALAN Marriott, editor of the Isle of Wight County Press and Fight for the Wight campaigner, answers Islanders' questions about the campaign.

1. Why is the Isle of Wight a special case, why should it get more money?

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Secretary of State Greg Clark gets the Fight for the Wight message

Isle of Wight County Press - March 8, 2016

THE Fight for the Wight message reached government within hours of its launch, it has been revealed.

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark, and local government minister Marcus Jones, met with the Isle of Wight Conservative group leader, Cllr Dave Stewart, and fellow Tory Cllr Ian Ward at the annual Conservative councillors' conference in Oxford on Friday.

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Supporters get behind Fight for the Wight

Isle of Wight County Press - March 4, 2016

FIGHT for the Wight — a new campaign calling on the government to give the Isle of Wight fair funding has been overwhelmingly backed following its launch this morning (Friday).

The Isle of Wight County Press and the Isle of Wight Council have teamed up to launch a petition, calling on the government to commit to improve it’s funding for the Island.

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Fight for the Wight campaign launched

Isle of Wight Council - March 4, 2016

A new campaign calling on the government to give the Isle of Wight fair funding has been overwhelming backed following its launch this morning (Friday).

The Isle of Wight County Press and the Isle of Wight Council have teamed up to launch a petition, calling on the government to commit to improve it’s funding for the Island.

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Government needs to act fast if Island is to have 'a sustainable future'

Isle of Wight County Press - February 11, 2016

A REVIEW of the government funding formula for the Island needs to come in the next six months, the authority's leader has warned.

It follows yesterday's (Wednesday) announcement from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark he would visit the Isle of Wight as part of a review that would take into account the challenges faced by the Island.

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Minister's pledge to review Isle of Wight finances

Isle of Wight County Press - February 11, 2016

A GOVERNMENT minister has pledged to review funding for the Isle of Wight Council, it has been announced today (Wednesday).

In a statement issued by his office, while MPs debated Local Government finance, Mr Turner said he had secured an agreement from Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark to examine the 'unique costs' faced by the Isle of Wight Council.

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