Archive | September, 2010

Derby Road Residents turn to Chesterfield MP after losing car parking spaces

Derby Road Residents turn to Chesterfield MP after losing car parking spaces

Worried Chesterfield residents have enlisted the help of their local Member of Parliament, Toby Perkins, after their parking spaces were sold to Tesco. This followed the decision to allow the opening of a brand new Tesco Express store on the site of the former Angel public house on Derby Road, at which local people had parked for around half a century.

Car owners living on Derby Road had previously had authorization to park unconditionally in the Angel public house car park. However the decision of the Council has meant that spaces may not be offered to those living in and around the Tesco’s store, leaving elderly and disabled members of the community with a one mile walk to and from their vehicles. The campaigners are hoping for a little divine intervention after Father Flynn of the Church of the Holy Family expressed his concerns about parking for mass and christenings at his church, particularly on weekends.

Chesterfield MP, Mr. Perkins said:-

“The parking situation on Derby Road, like many other areas of Chesterfield, is very difficult. I am worried that the opening of the new Tesco Express will make it incredibly hard for residents along Derby Road to park their cars safely and within an acceptable distance from their homes. I am writing to Tesco’s to see if we can come to a solution which is both agreeable and feasible for all parties involved”.

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Expenses Update – August

One of my pledges during the election was to publish monthly any expenses claimed, so that there would be complete transparency for constituents to understand what costs were associated with my role as their MP and to allow them to scrutinise those expenses as soon as possible after the event. Many of you will be aware that the first few months of the new independent expenses regime, IPSA, has not run entirely smoothly, so many items have still not been reimbursed, but as time was marching on, I wanted to publish the headline costs so far.

I am in the process of developing the website so that we might improve constituent’s access to the information, and we will be speaking to IPSA about how this might be achieved. I believe that all expenses that have been claimed so far are listed here, but if I have omitted any they will be added subsequently.

The main headings under which costs have been incurred are: Constituency office costs, Westminster office, staffing and staff training, London rented home, travel and subsistence.

Under constituency office costs, in the period May – August 2010 we have so far claimed for the following:

Phone Bill – May £86.95

July £91.33

Advertising Staveley surgeries (June)– £193.45

 July 79.10

Room hire (Staveley surgery) June £15.50

July & August (to follow) £31

Decorating office (painting) £360.00

Blinds £65

Toners (August) £396.87

Filing cabinet £64.63

Valuation of office premises £293.75 IPSA require all offices rented from the political party have an official ‘Red Book’ valuation certificate to prove that the amount of rent being paid is not excessive. This cost is for the provision of that valuation report.

Key cutting £9.03

Westminster Office

Toners (July) £143.64

Stationery (office supplies for set up) £543.46 A full copy of this invoice will be attached forthwith.

Travel / Subsistence

Train travel- Most weeks I travel down to London on Monday and return on a Thursday. Usually, I travel outside of peak hours to minimise the cost and have therefore been able to keep weekly train costs down to £60 per week in line with my pledge to get best value possible for the taxpayer.

May £120

June £204.00

July £405.50

August £88

Parking £24 The first week that I travelled down I parked for three days at Chesterfield station at a cost of £8 per day, subsequently I have relied on lifts from my wife or on one occasion a taxi back to the Chesterfield office

Taxi (Chest £3.45)

Taxi July London £17  on one occasion I had to return to Chesterfield for a Council meeting, and was still required to attend a vote in London after the meeting, I had to get a taxi from St Pancras to Parliament to prevent missing the vote. Normally I catch a tube.

Petrol – £122 When moving into my rented London flat I took my car down loaded up with some possessions.

Congestion charge £8

Food- On nights of a late vote, MP’s are reimbursed for a meal if they will be required in parliament after 7.00pm. I have only claimed if I will be in parliament until after 10pm. Total over 3 months – £20.60

Staff & staff training

I employ 2 staff in Chesterfield an Office Manager/ Caseworker and a Parliamentary Assistant, and 1 Parliamentary Assistant in London. The monthly salaries cost for July (which will be fairly typical going forward) was around £6500 plus NI and pension. The total cost for the three months will be lower than normal because there was noone employed for the first six weeks or so, whilst we were recruiting. I will update these figures with the exact costs when I have them from IPSA.

Staff training £269.99

Staff travel- June £60

August £165.00

London Home- Since 12th June 2010, I have been living in a rented one bedroom flat during the week in London. This is within walking distance of Westminster and costs £1430 per month. Prior to that time I was grateful to be put up free gratis at the home of North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel!!

There was a starting deposit of £1900, which was paid by advance from IPSA and will be reimbursed to them when I leave the flat.

In addition to the rental cost there will be additional costs for Council Tax, utilities etc associated with having somewhere in London, these have not yet been invoiced or claimed for, so will appear in future updates.

TV licence £145

Additional Info

For the items that feature multiple items on an invoice or are not entirely transparent here (eg stationery), I will provide a copy of the invoice, and am just working out how to produce that on the website.

If you have any queries about any of the items listed here, then please contact my office in writing and we will be happy to ensure that there is complete transparency.

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Local transport charity gets MP backing for government grant

Local transport charity gets MP backing for government grant

Chesterfield Community and District Transport, a locally based charity which delivers bus services for hundreds of elderly and disabled members of the community, has warned that a government decision to axe vital grants could lead to its closure. Local Member of Parliament, Toby Perkins, is writing to the Coalition to demand that charities such as this retain their grants so that vital services reaching the most vulnerable citizens often in rural areas can continue.

The Bus Service Operator Grant, worth around £70K to the charity based on New Street, near Queen’s Park, is needed to provide buses capable of assisting people requiring wheelchair access. The charity is also reliant on grants for petrol and training for drivers. In the last 12 months Chesterfield Community Transport has made over 180,000 passenger journeys and hopes to deliver a service to over 20,000 people in the Chesterfield area this year. In his letter to the Department of Transport, Mr. Perkins warned that taking away the much needed funding would mean dozens of people, many disabled and with mental health issues, would  become isolated and left unable to afford regular transport services to Chesterfield and other towns for appointments.

Chesterfield MP, Mr. Perkins said:-

“Chesterfield Community Transport is the lifeblood for many elderly and disabled members of our community, and provides an outstanding service in areas without regular bus services. Without the Bus Service Operator Grant the charity would be hit hard, and those who rely on the work of its hard working staff and volunteers would suffer”.

Patrick Dawson, Chief Executive of the charity said:-

“We had an excellent meeting with Toby Perkins who showed genuine concern. It’s very encouraging to see that our new MP is truly behind us.”

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