New Government framework revealed for managing Isle of Wight marine activities (Video)

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The new marine plan provides a policy framework which will be used by regulators to help decide what activities take place in the marine environment and where and how it is developed, protected and improved in the next 20 years.

Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 12:38pm

By Sally Perry

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, launches his ‘Island Manifesto’

bob seely standing portrait

Isle of Wight MP, Bob Seely, has launched his manifesto for the Isle of Wight. Highlights include attracting higher education, creating high-technology jobs in the digital industries, extending Island Line, creating more cycle ways and making ferries company enter into a public service obligation.

Tuesday, 17th July, 2018 1:41pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Young people struggling with eating disorders turn to Childline


The NSPCC is calling on Government to invest some of the £300 million it has committed for children’s mental health services towards early support services such as Childline, as the number of young people who call about eating disorders continues to rise.

Thursday, 12th July, 2018 6:50pm

By Wendy Robinson

Nearly quarter of Isle of Wight pupils lose free school meals eligibility

school dinners

The Child Poverty Action Group warned that the drop risked leaving some children without their only hot meal of the day.

Thursday, 12th July, 2018 4:15pm

By Joseph Hook with one comment

WASPI women continue their fight for justice

Solent WASPI

If you support justice for 1950s women and their families, or want to know more about the WASPI campaign, join others on Saturday 14th July in Newport or Southampton.

Monday, 9th July, 2018 8:47am

By Shelagh Simmons with 5 readers' comments

NHS campaigners spread the message during the week of 70th birthday

NHS birthday card Sandown

Members of the IOW Save Our NHS Group travelled across the Isle of Wight this week, collecting signatures for a giant birthday card that has now been presented to St Mary's hospital, and spreading the word of the upcoming public consultation.

Friday, 6th July, 2018 3:18pm

By Christine Lightbody with 10 readers' comments

WASPI women have power to unseat Conservative MPs, says Hencke

Bob Seely listens to Island WASPI women

Investigative journalist David Hencke wrote earlier this year that WASPI women have the power at the ballot box to unseat their Conservative MPs, citing the Isle of Wight as the biggest voter power of this group.

Friday, 6th July, 2018 11:45am

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Number of Isle of Wight homeless households living in temporary accommodation rises

homelessness does not discriminate

New figures reveal that compared to five years ago, the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation on the Isle of Wight has increased significantly.

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 1:00pm

By Joseph Hook with 3 readers' comments

Islanders celebrate the NHS at 70 – look out for giant birthday card

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Look out for the giant birthday card making the rounds of the Island this week to be presented at Wednesday evening's event in Newport.

Monday, 2nd July, 2018 5:21pm

By Christine Lightbody with one comment

Nearly 40% of Isle of Wight parents fail to pay child maintenance under government scheme

pennies from piggy bank

Newly-released figures from the Department for Work and Pensions reveal the number of parents who were due to but did not pay support through the Child Maintenance Service on the Isle of Wight.

Friday, 29th June, 2018 12:38pm

By Miguel Rodriguez with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight MP raises cost of cross-Solent patient transport in Parliament

bob seely in parliament

Bob Seely secured a debate on patient transport in Parliament yesterday and asked health minister, Stephen Barclay, to amend the 2003 regulations to extend the existing Isles of Scilly scheme - which sees maximum cost of travel at £5 - to the Island.

Thursday, 28th June, 2018 4:42pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 9 readers' comments

Urgent support needed for struggling sector, say Care England

Elderly women

Care England welcomes the proposal from two government committees for over-40s to pay an additional tax to help fund social care, but add that urgent support is needed for this struggling sector.

Wednesday, 27th June, 2018 7:52am

By Louisa Collyer-Hamlin with 5 readers' comments