Archive | January, 2011

As economy slumps VAT Attack won’t help

As economy slumps VAT Attack won’t help

The government’s decision to raise Vat will stifle growth and will see the poorest bear the brunt of the government’s ideological cuts, said Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield.

He added: “This is bad news for people and families across Chesterfield. It will hurt motorists as petrol prices and the cost of motoring will rise. It will hurt those families and pensioners when they go to the shops. And it will hurt small businesses many of whom will not want to pass on the increase in VAT to their customers”.

At a time when the economic recovery is already under threat, with latest figures showing growth stalled in the final quarter of 2010, the VAT hike is also a “jobs tax”. It is estimated that the VAT attack will hit 250,000 jobs, three times the number associated with Labour’s alternative to the VAT rise – an increase in National Insurance Contributions. “Already we have seen Tory policies push the economy back into negative growth and now we face the VAT rise on top. It’s the wrong tax at the wrong time”.

“In the General Election campaign George Osborne said the Conservatives had no plans to increase VAT and David Cameron acknowledged that VAT rises hit the poorest the hardest. We have been hearing a great deal about the Liberal Democrat’s u-turn on student fees. Well this is a Tory U-turn, with the hand break on. It is the people of Chesterfield that are being made to pay for it. It is yet another broken promise from this Tory government”

The decision to increase VAT costs for families across Chesterfield was supported by Liberal Democrats on Chesterfield Council who unanimously supported the rise in a motion placed before the Council’s July 2010 meeting.  Toby Perkins said: “Now we are just starting to see the way that this government’s policies are undermining the recovery. It is amazing that Lib Dems in Chesterfield should actually welcomed measures that will make ordinary Chesterfield people worse off.”

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Splashdown! New Fish Spa lands prime position in Chesterfield Market Hall

Splashdown! New Fish Spa lands prime position in Chesterfield Market Hall

My Fresh Feet, a revolutionary new fish spa, has opened at Chesterfield Market Hall. The local Member of Parliament, Toby Perkins, was reeled in to officially open the store last Saturday as he set the example for those locals not entirely forthcoming about its river-sourced method of foot relaxation and exfoliation. Customers can submerge their feet in tanks of Garra Rufu fish, before enjoying a foot massage to help ease those aches and pains of daily life.

Although the fish spa concept is relatively new to the UK, many of its practices have been used around the world for centuries. Spanning over the past 400 years, fish spa treatment is a unique and natural pedicure method originating from the outdoor hot springs of Kangal, Turkey and practiced all over the Far East. My Fresh Feet uses Garra Rufa fish for pedicures which quite literally eat away any toxins and dead skin, improving blood supply and wellbeing.

Mr. Perkins, one of the first people to visit the store after the fish arrived literally days before the official opening, said:-

“Looking down at the water tanks full of Garra Rufu I was a little hesitant, but after a few minutes when it became clear that the fish were not direct descendants of Jaws himself, I enjoyed the treatment which did make a difference. On a serious note, it is great to see new and exciting businesses come to our town and I think Chesterfield itself should be proud that emerging industries want to make the most of the many opportunities which have been created here over the last 13 years. So many local businesses are feeling the pinch at the moment, so it is encouraging to see new enterprises like Fresh Feet bringing jobs and proving new and exiting services to local people”.

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Toby Perkins honours the ‘Untold Stories’ of the Holocaust by signing Book of Commitment

Toby Perkins honours the ‘Untold Stories’ of the Holocaust by signing Book of Commitment

Today Toby Perkins pledged his commitment to Holocaust Memorial Day by signing a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to honour those who perished in the Holocaust.

 With 27th January marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Holocaust Educational Trust placed a Book of Commitment in the House of Commons to give MPs the opportunity to remember those who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust – and to support the sharing and safeguarding of ‘Untold Stories’, learning from survivors’ experiences to help create a future free from hatred and prejudice.

In doing so, Mr. Perkins paid tribute to those remarkable individuals who survived the appalling events of the Holocaust and have since dedicated their lives to educating younger generations about the dangers of allowing persecution and intolerance to take hold in society.

On and around Holocaust Memorial Day, schools, local communities and faith groups from across the UK will join together to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Thousands of events are being held across the country to commemorate all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust and in subsequent genocides. The aim of the day is to motivate people – individually and collectively, to ensure that the horrendous crimes, racism and victimisation committed during the Holocaust are neither forgotten nor repeated.

Mr Perkins said:-

“In the tenth year of its commemoration in the UK, Holocaust Memorial Day 2011 marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. As anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice are still present in our society, learning from the extraordinary ‘Untold Stories’ of those who survived gives us the opportunity to reflect on the evil that was perpetrated during the Holocaust and other genocides and pledge to create a brighter future.”


Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

“We are delighted that Toby is supporting Holocaust Memorial Day. As the number of survivors dwindles, remembering the Holocaust and passing on their testimony is more crucial than ever. Reflecting on ‘Untold Stories’ helps give back voices to those who were persecuted and reinforces the contemporary lessons that can be learnt from this dark period in our history.”

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Local green heat producer leading climate fight from the front

Local green heat producer leading climate fight from the front

Chesterfield based business, NIBE, an industry leading manufacturer of commercial and residential boiler systems, has defied the recession, boasting record sales and a growing reputation. Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield, Toby Perkins, visited the Broom Business Park outfit to meet Managing Director Phil Hurley to see for himself the rapidly expanding office space and industry leading technology.

NIBE is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers in the domestic heating sector. The business supplies homes with heat pump products that provide domestic hot water through a network of builders and –plumbers merchants. Mr. Perkins was given a tour and was invited to view groundbreaking Exhaust Energy equipment, a new and more energy efficient form of household heating. The equipment, currently used in Scandinavia, is set to improve energy efficiency in households saving money and contributing to lower emissions across the UK.

After the visit Mr. Perkins said:-

“NIBE is not only a rapidly growing business but a developer of groundbreaking technology set to reduce energy inefficiencies in our homes. Homes contribute to a significant amount of overall carbon emissions so it is vital that companies such as NIBE continue to push the boundaries of energy efficient technologies. The future looks extremely bright for NIBE and I feel proud that a Chesterfield firm is at the frontier of energy saving technology, helping to contribute to the reduction in CO2 emissions which is vital”. 

Phil commented:

‘’We are most grateful to Toby for taking the time to visit NIBE Energy Systems and for his ongoing role in supporting business in Chesterfield. As a low carbon business Government policy provides us with opportunity and a number of challenges as we seek to grow our workforce and to help homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint. The support and active engagement of local representatives on our behalf is therefore really appreciated. We look forward to working with Toby to generate further green jobs and investment in Chesterfield.’’

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Toby Perkins MP praises local pharmasist for helping to combat UK’s biggest hospital killer

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins last week presented an award to local pharmacist, Anna Braithwaite, in recognition of her work to combat the UK’s biggest hospital killer – thrombosis (blood clots).

At the inaugural Lifeblood Thombosis Prevention Awards ceremony held in Parliament this week, to recognise exceptional work to prevent thrombosis by organisations and individuals across the NHS, just six health professionals were presented with the prestigious award.

Ms Braithwaite, principle pharmacist at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was praised for providing exemplary leadership in thrombosis prevention, by developing comprehensive and effective prevention strategies. The awards – the first of their kind in the UK – were established to demonstrate the importance of clinical leadership to combat the hospital killer that accounts for up to 25,000 avoidable deaths every year in the UK.

Toby Perkins said:

“Pharmacists have a very important role in delivering the national thrombosis prevention programme. Anna has been the driving force behind development of an excellent prevention programme in her Trust. She has worked with her colleagues to raise awareness about the condition and pushed risk assessment and prophylaxis rates, to ensure her hospital is a much safer place for patients.”

“Thrombosis is a devastating killer. It is astonishing to think that 500 people die each week in our hospitals from this largely preventable condition. Making sure that people are aware of the dangers of developing blood clots, particularly during hospital stays, and ensuring they are properly risk-assessed by hospital staff , will go a long way to reducing the thousands of preventable deaths from this potentially fatal condition.” 

A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in the veins of the lower body, which can particularly form when someone is immobile and unwell. Part or all of the clot can detach and travel through the blood system where it can block the arteries supplying the lungs – a pulmonary embolism – which can be fatal. Thrombosis is the immediate cause of death in 10% of all patients who die in hospital although most blood clots show up after the patient has left hospital.

Professor Beverley Hunt, Director of thrombosis charity, Lifeblood and leading haematologist, said:

“Anna Braithwaite’s work is making a really important contribution to helping the campaign to prevent the 1000s of unnecessary deaths from thrombosis. The award is very well deserved and we need as many front line staff in the NHS to get involved and become local champions for thrombosis prevention.”

Hospital-acquired infections, such as MRSA and C. Difficile, account for less than 10,000 deaths a year compared to the estimated preventable 25,000 deaths caused each year by hospital acquired thrombosis.

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