Monday, 24 August 2015

FREE Triple P Teen Parent Group Ipswich

Highly recommend this programme to help with parents as outlined below. Attended a Triple P course to see for myself and thought it was excellent - and it's free!

•     Triple P allows parents to choose techniques that work best for them and their families. We provide the information, but you choose the ideas to use and that will work!
•    Triple P gives parents proven tips and suggestions about handling common behavioural and developmental issues in their children. 
•     Triple P involves emphasising positive communication, and planning ahead to prevent a range of issues
       Bernie Stephenson Parenting Coordinator
       Carole Williams Senior Parenting Practitioner

 ASDA Community Room Whitehouse Ind Estate, 
Goddard Road, Ipswich, IP1 5PD
  Group 1            Monday 19th October 6pm-8pm
  Group 2            Monday 2nd November 6pm-8pm
  Group 3            Monday 9th November 6pm-8pm
  Group 4            Monday 16th November 6pm-8pm
  Telephone session Monday 23rd November
  Telephone session Monday 30th November
  Telephone session  Monday 7th December
(times of telephone calls to be confirmed.)
  Group 5            Monday 14th December  6pm-8-pm

To Book a place contact:
Bernie Stephenson
Carole Williams:


Friday, 14 August 2015

Saving to Stop Storing Problems - by Ben Gummer

Interesting article from Ben this week so I thought I'd share.

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I want you to think about this article that you are reading at the moment.  It will take you about two minutes, I imagine.  It’s been two minutes well spent: not because of the pearls of wisdom you’ll pick up but because by the time you’ve reached the end, the average life expectancy will have risen by about 30 seconds.

Put another way, the time take to read the Star in your 15 minute coffee break will see the age at which the average person is expected to die has increased by nearly four minutes.  That’s fifteen minutes every hour, almost two days every week, a week every month and three months every year.

That is the speed at which we are getting older – and it is phenomenal.  Never in human history have we seen such an increase in life expectancy.  It is so fast that even the predictions made fifteen years ago, at the turn of the century, have proved to be underestimates.  In reality that means that whilst the current life expectancy of someone in Ipswich is 79, it is more likely to turn out to be 85.

This is good news: people are living longer and, for most of their life, they are living healthier.  It is no coincidence that people look younger, older, than they used to.

All of this raises one big, big challenge, however.  If we are living longer, we need to prepare for a longer retirement, and that means saving more than we currently do.  The numbers are pretty terrifying.  Although we are saving more for our pensions than at any time since records began, only 56% of people are saving adequately – and of women it is only 50%.  That’s up from the figure in 2013 (45%) but still means that roughly half the population are not saving enough for their retirement.

The result can already been seen today.  Whilst there are many who live comfortably in retirement, there are many who do not.  The average salary in Ipswich is £19,924 but the average income that Ipswich people desire in retirement is somewhat higher - £24,102.  The reality is that at present, the average income of over-60s in the town is £15,405.  There are currently 28,221 people at or approaching retirement age in Ipswich: at this pace, half of those people – a full 14,000 – will not have saved for nor enjoy the retirement they desire.

How can we all put this right?

First, we need to encourage people to save and to save enough.  That is why we are enrolling everyone into a basic work pension automatically – five million have done so already, with only 12% opting out.  That is a big improvement already.

Secondly, we need to give people greater freedoms over that pension, over their savings and their house.  It was bizarre that we did not trust people to look after their own money, forcing retirees to buy annuities.  Now people will be able to manage their own assets, which I am sure they will do better than the fund managers that offered such poor value.

Third, the government can support pensioners with a decent state pension for all.  Currently it pays £113.10 per week or £5,881 a year; by simplifying pensions we can offer, from April 2016, at least £148.40 or £7,716.80.

By helping people to prepare for old age and then trusting retirees to be responsible, we can ensure that longer lives are also better lives.

If you would like more information, check out the government’s website – – which gives advice on what you can do to prepare for a happy retirement.


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Figures this week show that unemployment is falling, a gigantic step towards full employment in the town.

Unemployment in Ipswich is now half 2010 number. Furthermore, youth unemployment is down by 15 people. Unemployment in Ipswich has now fallen for six consecutive months. 

Friday, 7 August 2015

Ipswich is Velo City!

Ipswich is transforming itself into Velo City this summer, with the return of the Aviva Tour of Britain and the popular Ipswich Cycling Weekend.

Kicking off the Ipswich Cycling Weekend, the Crafted Classique sportive takes place on Saturday 22nd August.This timed cycling challenge offers three routes (55km, 100km and 100 miles)through the stunning Suffolk countryside andis supported by Ipswich Borough Council and British Cycling and sponsored by digital marketing agency Crafted.

The next day will see hundreds of people of all ages taking part in SkyRide Ipswich and enjoying a traffic-free route. Since the first SkyRide partnership with British Cycling, the number of riders jumping on their bike in Ipswich every week has more than doubled.

Meanwhile, the world’s top riders will race into town at the end of the penultimate stage of this year’s Aviva Tour of Britain.

Twenty top cycling teams will compete in the eight-day tour, which comes to Suffolk on 12th September at the end of a 139-mile stage. 

The finishing line is outside Willis on Princes Street and large crowds are expected to line the streets to welcome the riders to Ipswich. 

The Tour will be coming through Ipswich via Wherstead Road, Hawes Street, Vernon Street, Burrell Road and Princes Street and motorists can expect delays while the race is on.

There will be a rolling road closure for most of the route and then Burrell Road and Princes Street, along with adjoining roads, will be closed from around 2.30pm.

Some buses will be operating on a diverted route as there will be temporary limited access to the railway station. Please plan your travel arrangements in advance.

For more information: 

Issued by the IBC press office, tel: 01473 432031