Prime Minister Boris Johnson inspects an ambulance during a visit to Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, Lincolnshire, to announce the government's NHS spending pledge of 1.8 billion. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 5, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Darren Staples/PA Wire EMN-190608-112613001

A spending spree at what cost?

Unlike certain Prime Ministers, I remember 2010. I recall that we were told that we couldn’t live beyond our means, and that a programme of austerity was absolutely necessary, writes cllr Shaz Nawaz, leader of the Labour Party on Peterborough City Council.

Coun John Holdich at Sand Piper House, Fletton Quays

Peterborough partnership work was a success

I was really encouraged to see a Public Health England report this week which praised our efforts in reducing alcohol related hospital admissions, writes leader of Peterborough City Council, cllr John Holdich.

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Peterborough MP Lisa Forbes: Time to be bold on child poverty

I was saddened to read in this year’s report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) that school pupils in Peterborough from lower-income households are, on average, around two years behind their peers in educational attainment by the time they leave secondary school, writes Peterborough MP Lisa Forbes.


Why we live in taxing times

The 17 th century French statesman, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, once described the art of taxation as “plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing”.

Cllr Chris Ash

Politics - we get what we pay for

I can’t start off this column without sharing sympathy with the victims of the two mass murders in the USA. Our hearts go out to those families affected, writes Chris Ash, Liberal Party member of Peterborough City Council.

Roger Thompson, combined authority housing director, Howard Bright from Medesham Homes, Cllr John Holdich, Mayor James Palmer, Michael Heekin, Cross Keys Homes executive director of finance, and city councillor Steve Allen at the Crowland Road site

Helping families back into homes

O ver the past year we have seen a 56 per cent rise in the number of families who present themselves to the council as homeless, writes cllr John Holdich, leader of Peterborough City Council.

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